18 June 2014

Puerto Rico to decolonize through integration with Spain?

Group says PR should reunite with Spain

By EFE News Agency

A small Puerto Rican group has launched a campaign to demand that the Caribbean island break all political links with the United States and annex itself once again to Spain to become an autonomous community of the Iberian nation.

“We want to become Spaniards again, to be autonomous community No. 18 of a country that we never wanted to abandon,” José Nieves, the founder of the Puerto Rico Reunification with Spain group, said.

With the slogan “It’s time to return home!” and a promotional video with the Spanish national anthem in the background, the initiative so far has almost 2,000 followers on Facebook.

“We’re getting support from U.S. statehood advocates, independent-minded people, who would accept unification as a decolonizing option, and even supporters of the status quo,” Nieves said, referring to those who want to remain a U.S. commonwealth.

After decades of fruitless debates about how the political status of this former Spanish colony should evolve or be altered, the option of rejoining Spain “has never really been on the table, but we’re getting support”, said Nieves, thanks to “education and to the fact that supporters of other options see that we’re not moving forward toward anyplace”.

“Our demand has taken many by surprise, but it makes perfect sense. The key is in education,” he commented, after noting that Puerto Rico was a colony of Spain for more than four centuries and in 1897 even had a charter that gave it sovereignty as an overseas Spanish province.

The 42-year-old criminologist and security guard also challenges the traditional narrative of Puerto Rico’s incorporation into the U.S.

“In contrast to what we’re told in the schools, we Puerto Ricans welcomed U.S. troops with gunfire, not with flowers,” he says.

“The U.S. invasion was heavily contested. In fact, they could not move in during the first two attempts. Finally, they managed to do it because the mayor of Yauco sold out,” he said.

Among the group’s followers, according to Nieves, “there are many university people and ones with advanced degrees”.

“We believe we would be accepted by the Spanish people. To date, 95 percent of the feedback we’ve had from there is positive,” he said.


José M. López Sierra said...

Dear Partner,

We'll decide what we want to do after we decolonize.

After the approval of the 33rd United Nations’ resolution by consensus on June 23, 2014 asking the United States (US) to immediately decolonize of Puerto Rico, we should work together to force the United States government to comply with it.

The facts that the United States government has maintained Puerto Rico as its colony for 116 years, has had Oscar López Rivera in prison for 33 years for fighting for Puerto Rico decolonization, and has ignored 33 UN resolutions to decolonize Puerto Rico, confirm that the US government has no intentions of ever decolonizing Puerto Rico. Therefore, we need to form a tsunami of people to force the US to comply with the 33 resolutions.

We should peacefully protest at least 3 times a year until we achieve our goal. The first one will be a march up to the US Courthouse in Puerto Rico on the Abolition of Slavery Day on March 22. The second will be another march in Puerto Rico on a day before the UN’s Puerto Rico decolonization hearing. The third one will be a protest in New York City on the same day the UN holds its Puerto Rico decolonization hearing.

These 3 protests are indispensable, because those who have colonies don’t believe in justice for all.

José M López Sierra
Comité Timón del Pueblo
United Partners for the Decolonization of Puerto Rico

José M. López Sierra said...

Dear Partner,

Who’s the radical, Oscar López Rivera or the US?

There are some who call for keeping Puerto Rico political prisoner Oscar López Rivera in prison forever, because he is a radical terrorist responsible for the killing and injury people. That’s not true, but even if it were, he would still be not guilty. Is Oscar really the radical?

It was the government of the United States (US) that illegally invaded Oscar’s country 116 years ago to make Puerto Rico a colony. The United States government has used everything it could think of to train Puerto Ricans to want to be a colony of the United States for over a century. Through its educational system and mass media it has tried to shape the minds of Puerto Ricans. And when that hasn’t been enough, it has resorted to state terrorism to repress those who want independence for Puerto Rico. All nations have an inalienable right to self-determination and independence according to international law. That is so, because it is a natural thing for a nation to want to be independent. That’s why most nations are.

So, Oscar is doing what is natural of wanting his nation to be independent. The US government, however, is doing the unnatural or radical thing of trying to prevent Puerto Rico independence.

What the US government is doing is so radical that it is committing a crime against humanity. The United Nations declared it so, because colonialism is a threat to world peace. So by the US government having Puerto Rico as its colony, it is creating the conditions for people like Oscar to resort to any means necessary to obtain decolonization. International law also give colonies the right to use any means necessary to decolonize itself. And that why colonialism is a crime.

This is why, after 33 UN resolutions ignored by the US government asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, and the US government’s refusal to release Oscar from prison despite tremendous world pressure to do so, we must continuously protest until it happens!


José M. López Sierra said...

¿Por qué Puerto Rico sale a votar más que Estados Unidos?

Los puertorriqueños votan a un 80%. Los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos votan a un 50%. Por qué esta diferencia de 30%. ¿Serán que los puertorriqueños somos más creyente de la democracia que los mismo ciudadanos estadounidense?

Puerto Rico es una colonia de los Estados Unidos desde el 1898. Desde entonces, los puertorriqueños que han querido descolonizar a Puerto Rico lo han asesinado o encarcelado. Muchos puertorriqueños le tienen terror hablar de la independencia para Puerto Rico debido a esta represión de 116 años.

Como el colonialismo es siempre para explotación, no hay oportunidades en Puerto Rico para los puertorriqueños. Por eso es que tenemos ahora más puertorriqueños afuera que adentro de Puerto Rico. ¡Los puertorriqueños están desesperados para encontrar una solución política para nuestro colonialismo eterno!

La mayoría de los puertorriqueños creen que podemos descolonizarnos a través del proceso electoral. Pero el proceso electoral está en última instancia bajo el control del gobierno de Estado Unidos. Como el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha ignorado 33 resoluciones de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) pidiéndole que inmediatamente descolonice a Puerto Rico, y ha mantenido a nuestro preso político Oscar López Rivera encarcelado por 33 años a pesar de un reclamo mundial para su excarcelación, no debe haber duda alguna de EEUU nunca permitirá nuestra descolonización por vía electoral. ¡Si se pudiera, no lo tendríamos!

La mejor forma para descolonizarnos seria que los 80% de los electores puertorriqueños salgan mejor a la calle para demandar nuestro derecho inalienable a la autodeterminación e independencia, e insistir que la descolonización la maneje la ONU. Después de todo, la descolonización está bajo la jurisdicción de la ley internacional, y nunca bajo la ley nacional. Por eso es que el colonialismo es crimen en contra de la humanidad bajo la ley internacional, pero no bajo la Constitución de Estados Unidos.

José M López Sierra