Ultimately and fundamentally, U.S. control over
Puerto Rico rests
on military occupation. U.S. rule over Puerto Rico was first
established by an armed invasion. Uprisings of the Puerto Rican
people have been suppressed by guns and bombs. Puerto Rican fighters
have been rounded up and imprisoned by the hundreds, sometimes
by the thousands. The beautiful coast and mountains of Puerto
Rico have been carved up by bases-- into target zones for U.S.
bombers and armadas, storehouses for U.S. weapons, listening
posts for U.S. spies, and command centers for U.S. invasion fleets
and airlifts. Just this year, U.S. bombs killed a Puerto Rican man,
David Sanes Rodríguez, as Navy bombers used the island of Vieques
to practice for their Yugoslavian airwar. Puerto Rico is not just
occupied by force--it has been transformed into a launching pad for
countless U.S. invasions of other countries. What could be
more hypocritical than the U.S. demand that Puerto Rican people
renounce "the use, threatened use, or advocacy of the use" of violence?
Have the U.S. imperialists ever renounced the use of violence against
the people of Puerto Rico? The road to the liberation of Puerto
Rico has been a long and difficult one. Key problems of political
and military strategy remain to be solved--in both theory and
practice--by the revolutionaries and people of Puerto Rico.
Here within the borders of the U.S. it remains extremely important
to support that liberation struggle, to fight for unconditional release
of the remaining Puerto Rican political prisoners--and to
prepare to oppose future U.S. attacks on Puerto Rican liberation
fighters outside prison walls.