Two questions: Why SHOULDN'T Puerto Rico be independent?
When does BuZh and Co. EVER Stop??
Puerto Rico --Feds target Puerto Ricans in New York
El Diario La PrensaPR:
Denunciation of Possible Arrests of Pro-Independence Activists
Our Countries Section – December 27, 2007
By Jesus Davila
Tania Frontera, Christopher Torres and Julio Pabon Jr. are scheduled to appear before a Federal Grand Jury on January 11, 2008. Hector Rivera, co-founder of the cultural institution The Welfare Poets, is also expected to be served with a subpoena to appear on that day. In the past, due to the fact that some pro-independence activists have traditionally refused to receive the subpoenas from the Grand Jury or to respond to its questions, many have ended up behind bars.
Both the FBI and U.S. Dept. of Justice have made it clear that there is an ongoing investigation focused on the Ejercito Popular Boricua (EPB)-Macheteros. Special Agent Luis Fraticelli, who heads the FBI in San Juan, has said that the agency intends to capture Comandante Guasabara of the EPB, who is believed to have succeeded Filiberto Ojeda Rios in the leadership of the clandestine revolutionary organization.
Ojeda Rios was assassinated by the federal agents on September 23, 2005.
The initial rumors that the recent subpoenas had been issued and served began to circulate almost simultaneously as the new progress report of the White House committee reviewing the colonial conditions of Puerto Rico was made public.
The subpoenas, all served in New York City are to appear before the Federal Grand Jury on the following January 11.
Although many are shocked by the identity of some of the particular individuals targeted, this latest offensive by the U.S. Federal Government has not come as a total surprise to the Pro-Independence Movement, which has been organizing to prepare for an expected new wave of political repression and possibly arrests.
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PUERTO RICAN INDEPENDENCE ACTIVIST
San Juan, Puerto Rico
GRAN JURY SUBPOENAS THREE YOUNG PUERTO RICAN PRO -INDEPENDENCE ADVOCATES
PRO-INDEPENDENCE , SOCIALISTS, STUDENTS AND PEACE ACTIVISTS ORGANIZATIONS UNITE TO CONFRONT THE COMMING WAVE OF REPRESSION.
The FBI continues its attacks against the people, especially against the Puerto Rican pro independence movement in Puerto Rico and in the U.S. In mid December of 2007, three young activists who participated in the struggle to get the U.S. Navy to leave Vieques, defendors of Puerto Rican culture in the U.S. and pro independence activists were subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury.
Colonial authorities subpoenaed Christopher Torres, Tania Frontera and Julio Antonio Pabon to appear before a Grand Jury in New York City on January 11, 2008
The undersigned organizations alert the people of Puerto Rico on the new wave of FBI persecution against the Puerto Rican Independence Movement. We will never forget the assasinassation of Filiberto Ojeda Rios which demonstrated the lengths to which the FBI is ready to go. The FBI heightens its abuse when community, workers, environmental and political struggles are more visible and penetrating. The people demand social justice and respect for their dignity and freedom.
Pro Independence activists are organizing a series of public activities to demonstrate the rejection by Puerto Ricans of this persecution. We repudiate the presence of the U.S. Federal Gran Jury, the FBI as a mechanism to destroy the independence movement and all the other causes we are involved in.
We will continue forward in our struggle for Puerto Rican independence and demand the respect that as a nation we deserve!
January 10, 2008
5:00 PM --9:00 PM
Picket in front of the U.S. Federal Court House in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
No a la presencia federal en Puerto Rico! No colaboracion con el Gran Jurado! Repudiamos los ataques y atropellos del FBI!
NO to U.S. Federal presence in Puerto Rico! Non colaboration with the Grand Jury.
We repudiate the attacks and the repression.
COMITE DE DERECHOS HUMANOS DE PUERTO RICO
CONSEJO DE ESTUDIANTES DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES DE la UPR en RIO PIEDRAS
CONSEJO DE ESTUDIANTES DE UPR RIO PIEDRAS
COORDINADORA CARIBE/NA y LATINOAMERICANA
COORDINADORA CONTINENTAL BOLIVARIANA
COORDINADORA NACIONAL VIGILAS FILIBERTO OJEDA RIOS
FEDERACION UNIVERSITARIA PRO INDEPENDENCIA
GRITO DE LOS EXCLUIDOS
LA NUEVA ESCUELA
MOVIMIENTO INDEPENDENTISTA NACIONAL HOSTOSIANO
MOVIMIENTO SOCIALISTA DE TRABAJADORES
ORGANIZACION SOCIALISTA INTERNACIONAL
PARTIDO INDEPENDENTISTA PUERTORRIQUE/ NO
PARTIDO REVOLUCIONARIO DE LOS TRABAJADORES- MACHETEROS
UNION DE JUVENTUDES SOCIALISTAS
"Carpeta: Filiberto/ File: Filiberto", Yasmin Hernandez, Mixed media on file folder, 2007
"In order to appraise the caliber of leadership in the Puerto Rican independence movement, particularly as it pertains to our efforts to disrupt their activities and compromise their effectiveness…we must determine their capabilities of influencing others, capabilities of real leadership, why the intense desire for Puerto Rico's independence, what they expect to gain from independence and the support they have from other leaders and rank-and-file members. We must have information concerning their weaknesses, morals, criminal records, spouses, children, family life, educational qualifications and personal activities other than independence activities."
-FBI, COINTELPRO (Subversive Controls Section): MEMO, 1960
This new project explores the political repression suffered by the Puerto Rican independence movement, the government surveillance of its leaders and the secret government and FBI files kept on these individuals and organizations. The exhibit is also inspired by the holdings of El Centro's archives.
Extended through March 19th, 2007
Centro Gallery is located in The Centro Library and Archives
Third floor, East building at Hunter College
68th Street and Lexington Avenue
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 9am –6pm
Friday & Saturday, 12pm-5pm