U.S. Continues Attack on Puerto Rican Independence Movement

FBI Out of Puerto Rico!
Stop Attacks on the Pro-Independence Movement!

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition denounces the FBI's most recent wave of repression against the pro-independence movement of Puerto Rico. On February 10, the FBI raided homes and at least one workplace of independence activists, seizing belongings and information, in clear violation of their civil and human rights. FBI agents attacked and pepper sprayed the crowd that gathered outside these sites, which included journalists. Just four days later, on February 14, the FBI followed up with a series of <!--D(["mb","arrests of five people for painting a mural depicting the criminality of the FBI.<br /><br />What these raids represent in the colonial context of Puerto Rico, is a step-up<br />of repression against a movement that has the potential of weakening and undoing<br />a political and military U.S. occupation that has been imposed on the Puerto<br />Rican masses for more than 107 years. The character of these most recent attacks<br />are consistent with everything the U.S. government wishes to use in the U.S.<br />against the anti-war and other movements, using the pretence of anti-terrorism.<br /><br />On September 23, 2005 - the most widely recognized of Puerto Rico\'s national<br />holidays, &quot;El Grito De Lares, a day which commemorates a famous battle that<br />attempted to achieve the country\'s independence, the FBI assassinated Machetero<br />leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios.<br /><br />They U.S. rulers have used the so-called &quot;war on terror&quot; as the to pretense<br />inflate the Pentagon budget and expand its military bases all over the world,<br />especially to legitimize its wars of aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan, and<br />to threaten countries like Iran, Syria, North Korea Venezuela and Cuba.<br />",1]);//-->arrests of five people for painting a mural depicting the criminality of the FBI.

In the colonial context of Puerto Rico, these raids represent an intensification of repression against the movement that has the potential of weakening and undoing the 107 year-old political and military occupation imposed by the United States on the Puerto Rican people. These most recent attacks are consistent with the U.S. government's drive against the antiwar and social justice movements here in the United States, which they justify with the pretense of anti-terrorism.

On September 23, 2005 - the most widely recognized of Puerto Rico's national holidays, El Grito De Lares, a day which commemorates a famous battle that attempted to achieve the country's independence, the FBI assassinated Machetero leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios.

The White House and the Pentagon have used the so-called "war on terror" as the rationale to inflate the Pentagon budget and expand U.S. military bases all over the world, to legitimize its wars of aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan, and to threaten countries like Iran, Syria, North Korea Venezuela and Cuba.
<!--D(["mb","<span class\u003dq><br />The Puerto Rican people rose up in a unified political movement to condemn the<br />assassination of Filiberto Ojeda Rios. We are convinced that the United States<br />government\'s most recent attack will likewise strengthen the resolve of those<br />fighting for independence.<br /><br /></span>",1]);D(["mb","The ANSWER Coalition calls upon all antiwar and progressive people to link arms<br />",1]);D(["mb","<span class\u003dq>with the Puerto Rican people\'s struggle for justice, to denounce the war on Iraq,<br />Palestine, and Puerto Rico with the same proud, unified voice. The White House<br />and the Pentagon certainly understand the interconnectedness of Iraq, Palestine,<br />and Puerto Rico; they attack liberation struggles with the same unified<br />expression of brutality.<br /><br />We inside the belly of the beast cannot afford to be more near-sighted than those<br /></span>",1]);D(["mb","who oppress us. Together we can push back U.S. imperialism.<br />",1]);D(["mb","<div><div class\u003dea><span id\u003de_1096b85fbc23258c_9>- Show quoted text -</span></div><span class\u003de id\u003dq_1096b85fbc23258c_9><br />FBI Out of Puerto Rico! Filiberto Vive - La Lucha Sigue!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></span></div>",1]);//-->
The Puerto Rican people rose up in a unified political movement to condemn the assassination of Filiberto Ojeda Rios. We are convinced that the United States government's most recent attack will likewise strengthen the resolve of those fighting for independence.

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition calls upon all antiwar and progressive people to link arms with the Puerto Rican people's struggle for justice, to denounce the war on Iraq, Palestine, and Puerto Rico with the same proud, unified voice. The White House and the Pentagon certainly understand the interconnectedness of Iraq, Palestine, and Puerto Rico; they attack liberation struggles with the same unified expression of brutality.

Standing together, the people have the power to push back U.S. imperialism.

FBI Out of Puerto Rico! Filiberto Vive - La Lucha Sigue!


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