There will be a protest march in New York City on Tuesday May 26 at 5:30 pm in support of the six pro-Puerto Rican independence activists who on May 6 interrupted a U.S. Congress session by singing “Oubao Moin” and carrying Puerto Rican flags and signs that read “111 years of colonization is a disgrace.” [“Oubao Moin” is a song based on a poem by pro-independence advocate Juan Antonio Corretjer.] The protesters were artists Luis Enrique Romero, María “Chabela” Rodríguez y José Rivera (Tony Mapeyé), mechanic designer Luis Suárez, nurse Eugenia Pérez-Martijo, and retired laborer Ramón Díaz. They were escorted out of the U.S. Capitol and arrested and now face possible sentences of up to six months in jail and fines.
The protest gesture was intended to denounce the 111 years of U.S. colonialism in Puerto Rico and to appeal for international pressure on the United States to move towards decolonization. It also symbolically recalled the Puerto Rican Nationalists’ attack on Congress on March 1, 1954, when three pro-independence militants opened fire on congressmen, seriously wounding a number of them.
Protesters will gather next Tuesday at 26 Federal Plaza, Manhattan, at 5:30. Solidarity groups will go to Washington D.C. on the day of the hearing to offer additional support. For more information contact decolonizeprnow@gmail.