Separate and Unequal

On Wednesday afternoon, the Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, Mr. Doudou Diène, boarded his flight to Washington, D.C., clearly affected by his visit to Puerto Rico. Mr. Diène had heard numerous accounts of pervasive systemic and institutionalized criminalization of poverty and race by both Puerto Rican and Federal authorities.

On his first day, Mr. Diène was driven to the Guerrero Prison facility, over three hours from San Juan, where he toured the prison facilities and residence areas, with limited and guarded interaction with prison inmates. Leaving Guerrero Prison, Mr. Diène visited the town of Hormigueros, the site of the FBI's 2005 raid on Filiberto Ojeda Rios' home. In that raid, over 100 FBI agents stormed the house under cover of sniper fire. When Rios was mortally wounded, the FBI denied him medical aid and left the Pro-Independence and Machetero leader to bleed to death over a 24-hour period. Mr. Diène examined up-close evidence of the FBI's use of high power fire against 72-year-old Ojeda and his wife, and stood on the very spot where Rios died. To this day, the FBI has obstructed all attempts by Puerto Rico's government officials to investigate the incident. On an island known for its political in-fighting, the Rios killing has unified people across the political spectrum in outrage.

Later the same day, Mr. Diène presided over a public hearing in the west coast City of Mayaguez, where at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos School of Law he heard stories from ex-political prisoners, advocates of indigenous rights, residents of marginalized communities. The ACLU of Puerto Rico’s Eva Prados read from her preliminary findings in an ACLU investigation into 42 unexplained prison deaths of mostly young drug-addicted homeless men at the Guerrero Prison facility previously visited. On the second day of his visit Mr. Diène visited the east coast Villa Cañona Community in the town of Loiza. The town of Loiza was settled hundreds of years ago by “Cimarrones” or escaped slaves. To this day, Loiza maintains its strong African roots and closely guards its culture and music, to its credit, and to its detriment.

Loiza's people told stories of vicious police abuse against minors and women with children. Two ACLU clients spoke: One, an alternative school principal, related being stripped naked, beaten, and verbally abused in the presence of his students, and another, the mother of a severely mentally disabled young man, spoke of outrageous misconduct by police officers targeting her son and other residents of this proud community of African heritage. Presenters spoke of how in the name of the War Against Drugs, they have become prisoners in their own homes, too fearful even go to the community mini-mart or send their children to school.

Mr. Diènes visit to Puerto Rico ended with a public hearing at the Inter-American University School of Law in San Juan, where members of the Dominican community spoke of racial profiling and vicious police brutality against young Dominican immigrants. Presenters spoke of a particular method of baton beating by that always ends in organ damage. Several young men displayed the scars of operations necessitated by these beatings. Community leaders and advocates spoke of displacement of poor black communities of San Juan to make room for businesses and the rich.

Human Rights Attorney Wilma Reverón explained that the FBI in Puerto Rico has more power than the Puerto Rican government itself and uses it to repress the people. She spoke of the intrinsic and inescapable relationship between race and Puerto Rico's 500 year history of colonialism which renders meaningful application of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights impossible.

Hopefully, the Special Rapporteur’s visit to Puerto Rico is only the beginning of a thorough investigation into racism here. In the last U.S. census, 80 percent of Puerto Ricans classified themselves as white, in contradiction of a common Puerto Rican quote “el que no tiene Dinga, tiene Mandinga” which roughly means you are either from Dinga, or from Mandinga. Approximately 4 million people live separate and unequal, politically speaking, in a U.S. territory that is neither fish nor fowl.

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michael

was there any outrage from the ACLU at Ruby Ridge? Why does it seem that when the color of your skin is white, you cannot expect help when your civil rights are violated?

Paula Santiago

Did you even read the article? Are you so cought up not wanting to believe? Justice should be for everyone, citizens should not be divided amongst categories, and human rights are not to be demanded from any society while denied at home. Hope you get it. Viva Puerto Rico Libre!

ronbothunter

WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPPOSES YOUR RIGHT TO BE FREE!!

Puerto Ricans, whether they are called Independents (independentistas), Patriots or Nationalists or Freemen, who desire to be free, must always know that the federal government, here in the States has no “subject matter jurisdiction” over the person, case or location and should be challenged to proof it. These are magic words to learn when in Court for desiring freedom for your/our Country.

You won’t be told this in court but: All jury members, judges, attorneys, and employees working in federal court, must reside in federal territory to legally be a federal juror or touch your case or they can be commercially sued, disbarred and financially ruined for violating your constitutional rights etc.

Your god given right to be free is not wanted by the USA, it will oppose your desire for independence and freedom, because the Federal USA is a profit based Corporation.

The Federal Government is a District of Columbia “Corporation”, as are all the States of the USA. These Corporations were formed for the benefit of the real owners. Since June of 1933, everything since then, is under Contract law or commercial law, aka Admiralty law, to benefit your masters in power.

The Federal Government owns Puerto Rico as an ASSET, because it is a slave colony—whether you like the idea or not. But the Federal Government takes orders from those who own and run this (Corporation) Country, but are not of this country. The International Bankers, who really own the corporations called the USA, will let PR be free, only if enough real men of Boricua blood wish to be free, by reserving their rights under the Constitution. Their books will be adjusted and we will be free.

The answer to your freedom lies in your Constitutional rights --- To win --You must always reserve your constitutional, commercial rights and know what they are and how to do so.

The USA has been the biggest alien invaders the world has ever known. In order to win your freedom, you must oppose them by knowing that their weakness lies in their violations and in their treasons to the Constitution and to the common law and common law remedies.

The majority of Americans have no idea that the USA has killed more Latinos, than Hitler Killed Jews, The USA has supported Traitors, Dictators, Gringitos, Butchers, Sociopaths, and Megalomaniacs who were supported and kept in power by these monsters, sucking up to the Anglo Alien Invaders.

Latin America has had enough of this form of genocide of Latinos. That includes other African, Asian etc. countries that lost millions of innocent people from USA aggression.

I want to vomit every time some ignorant fools says: “If you don’t like it here –go home”.

If the Alien Invaders would get out of each and every Latin Country and stop interfering in our affairs—it would make sense to say such a stupid thing. But unless the (Feds) Snakes get out of Latin America-we have just as much right to be here!!! So, grin and put up with it—this was once our land.

A Puerto Rican without a desire for independence and/or freedom from alien control has no soul of a man.

The fact that the public does not know that we are NOT free, makes no difference, to the desire to be free. The PR that wants Statehood is a Gringito, who has no soul of a man left in his traitor's heart. Freedom is happening all over the world and yet we allow Gringitos to kill our right to be free.

A Gringito is a non-Anglo THING, IT is not really a “person”, just like a mass murderer is more like an animal than a person, who internally is so inferior, that he desires to be what he can not be—thus Gringito means little gringo.

The Gringito is like an Uncle Tom to blacks or a collaborator and traitor to many others. To us he/she is all three and much worst. “It” is the enemy of freedom all thru out history.

We allow the Alien Invaders to kill, harm, abuse, rape, and scam us and yet the Gringito wants to give our Country away.

This abuse must end. No man or woman is a real Man or real woman who is too scared to fight for their souls and be free. If you listen to the Gringito, you will lose your soul.

Thru out eternity Humanity owes its freedom from slavery, ONLY to brave souls who fought for your right to be free.

The fight will NOT succeed if you don't fight the Gringito enemy/traitor/collaborator at home first. He is there next door and claims he is a real man and tries to give you many excuses of why PR can't be a free Country.

To give away your/our/my Country is not a right of alien invaders, visitors or foreigners with NO Puerto Rican Blood.

The right to vote on THIS ISSUE should NOT be given to NON-Puerto Ricans.

The fight for the independence of Puerto Rico is now non-violent and will be won in the hearts of real men around the World.

The Ronbothunter,

A proud freedom loving Puerto Rican.

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