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.Is Oscar the 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!