By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico
Lolita Lebrón was the leader of the 4 Puerto Rican nationalists who attacked the United States (US) Congress in 1954 to call world attention to that Puerto Rico is a US colony since 1898. Click on the following link to hear her attorney talk about her:
123 years later, the US government (USG) still maintains Puerto Rico as its colony despite the fact that:
- Colonialism is a crime against humanity, and the United Nations’ (UN) Charter prohibits it since 1945 (9 years before the nationalists’ attack on Congress)
- The UNhas asked the USG, in 39 resolutions, to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.http://webtv.un.org/watch/5th-meeting-committee-of-24-special-committee-on-decolonization/6051725003001/
- People living under colonialism have an inalienable right to their self-determination and independence.
The UN holds an annual Puerto Rico decolonization hearing in New York City usually on the Monday after Fathers’ Day. Just like the New York Press kept silence anything that could cause people to be sympathetic towards Puerto Rico decolonization, the media today, including the UN itself, still do the same with these hearings.
At a time where 5.4 million Puerto Ricans have abandoned our national territory, because of a lack of opportunity, and that this is2 million more than the population that have refused to do so (3.2), we must unite to save our homeland!
We must engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with international law. What could be more democratic than that?
Puerto Ricans must now speak.