by José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico
I started to look for a way to fight for Puerto Rico decolonization, after I became aware that Puerto Rico exists for the benefit of the United States government. I knew that there are many groups doing that, but most of them are working separately. So, I decided that my struggle should to be to try to get everybody to work together.
I came across a United Nations’(UN) press release towards the end of 2011 about the secretary general’s annual pep talk to the Decolonization Committee (C-24). He urged the C-24 to be creative in finding new ways to end world colonialism, and to work more closely with the colonized people. He reminded the members that the UN is in its third decade trying to eradicate colonialism, and that everyone should work together to get it done before the end of this decade. That was where I got the idea to name my blog United Comrades for Puerto Rico Decolonization. The C-24 granted me the opportunity to speak at its annual Puerto Rico decolonization hearing in June 2012.
Besides speaking at the UN, I decided to do 2 permanent marches in Puerto Rico and New York City to raise awareness to the United States government’s refusal to comply with the 35 United Nations resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico.
We got the idea last year to try to get the UN to broadcast this hearing live on radio and television. The UN ignored us, just like the US government ignores its resolutions.
We decided to broadcast it ourselves with the collaboration of New York City’s InformacionAlDesnudoRadio and Television, Puerto Rico’s Corporation for Public Broadcasting (WIPR), and Puerto Rico’s Channel 13. Click on the following link to watch the video of it:
The UN responded by taking off the petitioners list the spokespersons for the Socialist Front andUnited Comrades for Puerto Rico Decolonization.Therefore, I was not permitted to speak at this year’s hearing. Click on the following link to watch a news report about it:
We formally requested the C-24 to investigate why we were taken off the list.The C-24 ignored our request. We then requested the secretary general to do the same. He too ignored us. We were now convinced that the secretary general’s pep talk to the C-24 was not sincere.
We will continue to broadcast it ourselves,because we believe that it is more important that the world witnesses these hearings than for us to speak there.
The record shows that we cannot wait for the UN to decolonize us. After so many resolutions backed by over 95% of its members, the UN should give the US government an ultimatum. It should read, either the US government decolonize Puerto Rico, or the UN will move its Headquarters to another location that understands our mission of ensuring world peace.
We need that tsunami of people to force the US government to comply with international law, because those who threaten world peace with UN complicity don’t believe in JUSTICE FOR ALL!