FBI Martyrs Puerto Rican Hero
- Boston Protests FBI Assassination of Puerto Rican Leader
The Bridge, Green-Rainbow Party
BOSTON, September 29,2005 - Forty people stood in forty-mile-an-hour
winds today to protest and call the American people's attention to the
political assassination of Puerto Rican patriot Filiberto Ojeda Rios.
Ojedo Rios, 72, a founder of the clandestine pro-independence
organization Los Macheteros, had been wanted by the FBI for 15 years.
He was murdered in his home, surrounded by 243 FBI agents.
Filiberto asked his wife to leave his side and the FBIÂ responded
with a round of bullets that wounded his shoulder. They waited for 20
hours, blocking all access, while he bled to death on the floor of his
own home, preventing his community from getting him medical attention.
All this while his wife stood by.
The demonstrators called for an end to the occupation of Puerto Rico
by the United States and for the end of the occupation of Palestine
Boston city councilors Chuck Turner and Felix Arroyo spoke to the
Turner spoke in English about the responsibilty all Americans share
because we live our lives off the backs of the rest of the world,
reminding those attending that America is a country that was built on
the sweat and blood of slavery and the almost complete annialation of
the native people. As a country and a people we should be ashamed of
the murder of Rios and see it as just another sin against humanity in
a long line of evil activity on the part of our government.
Arroyo addressed the crowd in Spanish, about the national identity of
Puertorriqueos and solidarity in the face of this assassination and
through all the travails of the people.
Former political prisoner Kazi Tour read a statement of condolence
from the Jericho Project to the Ojedo Ros family and community and
spoke movingly about meeting Filiberto in prison some years ago.Â
Myriam Ortiz read a statement from Jaan Karl Laaman, a political
prisoner now being held in Walpole, Massachusetts.
Marta Rodriguez spoke forcefully demanding and end to the occupation
of Puerto Rico while calling for the FBI to be held accountable.
Lana Habash, just back from visiting her country, Palestine, called
for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and support for the
Iraqi resistence against the occupation of their country by the US.
Sra. Rodriguez then led the demonstrators in singing the Puerto Rican
For myself, I was moved to tears and filled with shame but also with
another feeling. The feeling ofÂ power that comes from solidarity with
those who stand together to loudly and proudly speak out against the
murderous thug our country has become.
My country, with my tax dollars, just assasinated another good man.
Filiberto Ojeda Rios, Presente.
Protest the Political assassination of Puerto Rican patriot Filiberto
Ojeda Ríos by FBI agents!
Thursday, September 29, 12 noon, JFK Federal Building, Boston
On Friday September 23, 243 FBI agents invaded a rural community in
the municipality of Hormigueros Puerto Rico in order to murder
Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, leader of the Puerto Rican
clandestine pro independence organization Los Macheteros.
Filiberto had been sought by the FBI for 15 years in connection with
activities of the Macheteros. Many people in Puerto Rico have come to
respect and admire Filiberto and the Macheteros for their unyielding
commitment to free our country from U.S. domination. The
heroic feats of the Macheteros include the destruction in 1983 of 14
U.S. F16 war planes warehoused at the American Muñiz Base, meant to be
used in the murder of thousands of Salvadoran peasants and indigenous
people during the U.S. criminal war against El Salvador.
That action earned the Macheteros the respect of many Puerto Ricans
across the political spectrum, as our people have never been content
with the use of our territory for U.S. acts of aggression against
other people around the world.
It was clear that the intent of the FBI was to murder Filiberto rather
than detain him. His wife, who witnessed their actions on approaching
his home, indicated that they were already firing their arms when they
arrived. The FBI sealed off the entire community where Filiberto
lived, depriving the rest of our people of any access to him or any of
the residents there. Once his isolation was secured, he was shot by a
sniper on the shoulder, and deprived of medical attention so THAT he
would bleed to death. For twenty hours they kept area residents who
wanted to help him at bay, and didn't transfer him to a hospital until
they'd made certain that he was dead.
The assassination of Filiberto is part of a pattern of brutality on
the part of the U.S. government against those who fight for the right
of Puerto Ricans to be free of foreign domination. It is a pattern of
butchery and criminality that has claimed the lives of heroes like Don
Pedro Albizu Campos, Angel Rodriguez Cristobal, Elías Beauchamp, Hiran
Rosado, Pinto Gandía, and too many others. Not surprisingly, their
cowardly actions mirror their criminal siege of Native Americans in
Wounded Knee, their murderous sieges against the Move community in
Philadelphia, their war crimes against the people of Iraq, not to
mention the atrocities they commit against the Palestinians via their
ethnic cleansing, land-stealing, "Israeli" proxy settler state. But
what else can one expect from a rogue settler government and nation
that has been murdering for the sake of plunder since they encountered
the Native people they stole this very territory from, and the
Africans they brought here as slaves?
In their arrogance and racism, the American repressive forces chose
September 23 as the day they would murder Filiberto because that is
the anniversary of El Grito de Lares, our first uprising in pursuit of
National independence. They intended to mock our long history of
struggle and turn that date into a reminder of what happens to those
who seek to rid us of our occupiers. Judging by the thousands of
Puerto Ricans who poured out into our nation's streets to express
their rage at our thug invaders and admiration for Filiberto, it's
safe to say they miscalculated, and instead galvanized the next
generation of resisters.
U.S. out of Puerto Rico! Filiberto live on because our struggle continues!
FBI Killing of Puerto Rican Independence Leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios
is an indication of oppressed catholic minority in the WASP US. Now
Iraqi constitution is a genius method to let everyone in Iraq or any
group of people to claim their independence and use their language. I
do not know why the US is not adopting this Mossad constitution for
implementation in US. Poor helpless ocheda or what ever his name, he
lost his life because he is not Barzani or Talabani prostituting
himself to the Mossad... Ignorant he should have read Kurdistan
chieftains and serial killers history
* FBI Killing of Puerto Rican Independence Leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios
Sparks Outpouring of Anti-US Sentiment *
We continue our look at the FBI killing of Puerto Rican independence
leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios. His killing has sparked an outpouring of
anti-U.S. sentiment in Puerto Rico and fears that the Bush
administration will launch a new crackdown on the Puerto Rican
independence movement. We go to Puerto Rico to speak with a
spokesperson for the Puerto Rican Socialist Front and an independent
Earlier this week tens of thousands attended his funeral making it one
of the largest funerals in Puerto Rican history.
Puerto Ricans of all political stripes have questioned the FBI's
actions, especially because the shooting took place on Sept. 23 - the
anniversary of an 1868 uprising against Spanish rule.
The FBI considered Ojeda Rios a fugitive from justice and the head of
a domestic terrorist group - the militant Puerto Rican independence
group Los Macheteros. But in Puerto Rico he has long been viewed as a
leader of the independence movement. Now many see him as a martyr who
was killed at the hands of U.S. agents.
Puerto Rican officials and Amnesty International are calling for an
independent probe into his death. Amnesty said that the killing should
be considered an extra-judicial execution if the FBI deliberately
killed Ojeda Ríos or deliberately left him to die, when they could
have arrested him.
Although FBI agents shot him Friday afternoon at his home they waited
20 hours before entering the house. Autopsy reports show that he bled
to death from a gunshot wound to his shoulder. ...etc...
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