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Comandante Filiberto Ojeda Rios – Presente! – by Jaan Karl Laaman

February 10, 2008

September 23, “Grito de Lares”, marks the day when Puerto Ricans celebrate the 19th century Lares Uprising for Independence from Spain. Grito de Lares 2007, also marks the second anniversary of the FBI’s cowardly assassination of Filiberto Ojeda Rios, leader and founder of Ejercito Popular Boricua (Puerto Rican Popular Army), commonly known as the Macheteros.

When Filiberto fell, he was 72 years old and he had a weapon in his hand defending his country, his people and his life. Filiberto devoted his entire life to working for justice for his people and for independence for his beloved island nation. He joins a sadly long but noble and righteous list of Puerto Rican Patriots, who have been imprisoned, exiled or murdered working for the Liberation of their Nation: Betances, Albizu, Lolita, Corretjer, Rafael, Camacho, Filiberto…

Comandante Filiberto worked hard for unity among Puerto Rican people. He would probably break into that warm smile he had, to know that in the 2 years since his death, many many Puerto Ricans have come together, even from varied political perspectives, in outrage at the FBI and U.S. government’s action. The dream of Independence for Puerto Rico is alive and spreading, and the U.S. government’s calculated assassination of this admired and respected elder leader has only helped to spread it more.

This September 23 and each one to follow will of course continue to raise the call and meaning of Grito de Lares, but it will now also raise the name and life of Filiberto Ojeda Rios and the Nation of Puerto Rico, surely, will come to be Free and Independent!

4strugglemag conveys it deep respect to Filiberto Ojeda Rios, his family and companeros and to the work of his life; Independence for Puerto Rico and revolutionary freedom and justice for all oppressed peoples. We stand in solidarity and support of these principles and goals.

UN PUEBLO UNIDO – JAMAS SERA VENCIDO

LA LUCHA CONTINUA! VENCEREMOS!

Comandante Filiberto Ojeda Rios – Presente!

by Jaan Karl Laaman

September 23, “Grito de Lares”, marks the day when Puerto Ricans celebrate the 19th century Lares Uprising for Independence from Spain. Grito de Lares 2007, also marks the second anniversary of the FBI’s cowardly assassination of Filiberto Ojeda Rios, leader and founder of Ejercito Popular Boricua (Puerto Rican Popular Army), commonly known as the Macheteros.

When Filiberto fell, he was 72 years old and he had a weapon in his hand defending his country, his people and his life. Filiberto devoted his entire life to working for justice for his people and for independence for his beloved island nation. He joins a sadly long but noble and righteous list of Puerto Rican Patriots, who have been imprisoned, exiled or murdered working for the Liberation of their Nation: Betances, Albizu, Lolita, Corretjer, Rafael, Camacho, Filiberto…

Comandante Filiberto worked hard for unity among Puerto Rican people. He would probably break into that warm smile he had, to know that in the 2 years since his death, many many Puerto Ricans have come together, even from varied political perspectives, in outrage at the FBI and U.S. government’s action. The dream of Independence for Puerto Rico is alive and spreading, and the U.S. government’s calculated assassination of this admired and respected elder leader has only helped to spread it more.

This September 23 and each one to follow will of course continue to raise the call and meaning of Grito de Lares, but it will now also raise the name and life of Filiberto Ojeda Rios and the Nation of Puerto Rico, surely, will come to be Free and Independent!

4strugglemag conveys it deep respect to Filiberto Ojeda Rios, his family and companeros and to the work of his life; Independence for Puerto Rico and revolutionary freedom and justice for all oppressed peoples. We stand in solidarity and support of these principles and goals.

UN PUEBLO UNIDO – JAMAS SERA VENCIDO

LA LUCHA CONTINUA! VENCEREMOS!

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