UPR: Students lower the imperialist flag from the UPR Tower
29 Sep 2010 03:10 GMT
(translated by Luis Oyola)
The struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico continues.
Around noon of Wednesday Sept. 22nd of 2010, a group of around 30 hooded students occupied the UPR tower with the intention of lowering the imperialist flag of the US, cut down the mast, hang a banner in homage to Juan Mari Brás, Lolita Lebrón and Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, and then take the flag to burn it in Lares the next day.
The group that calls itself the Black Hooded Commando managed to mock the campus security and carry out the majority of the objectives without there being any violent incident nor sanctions against the participants.
The Puerto Rico Indymedia news center presents the following photo article from the perspective of the demonstrators and the communique from Comando Capa Prieto for the action:
At five years since the death in combat of the comrade and commando Filiberto Ojeda Ríos the sacrifices add themselves up and grow from other combatants like Juan Mari Brás, like Lolita Lebrón –incarnation of the undomesticated dignity-, like Carlos Alberto Torres, Avelino González Claudio, Oscar López Rivera -¿and why not?- of our students on strike. Dead, jailed, sanctioned: all are protagonists of the non-stop confrontation between what's lagging and what's moving forward.
Yesterday we were Antonio Valero de Bernabé, we were María de las Mercedes Barbudo, we were Betances, we were Albizu, we were Corretjer, we were Filiberto, we were barefoot journalists, we were aggregates. Against adversity -like our ancestors-, we fight, and we come into being."
See photo article translated
See photo article in Spanish | Also- Radio Huelga coverage from the occupied tower (in Spanish)