Puerto Rico: Independence Is a Necessity (Farsi)by Rafael Cancel Miranda
"Our people are becoming aware of their own strength, which is what the colonial powers fear," explains Puerto Rican independence leader Rafael Cancel Miranda. In two interviews, Cancel Miranda-one of five Puerto Rican Nationalists imprisoned by Washington for more than 25 years until 1979-speaks out on the brutal reality of U.S. colonial domination, the campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoners, the example of Cuba's socialist revolution, and the resurgence of the independence movement today.
Photos. Appendix: Political prisoners in U.S. prisons in 1998. Now with enlarged type.
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What a magnificent booklet! The author's insight, revolutionary intransigence, and eloquence remind one of Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, and Fidel Castro. He convinces the reader that Puerto Rico's independence is not only a necessity, but also an inevitability.
This inspiring little pamphlet is by a true fighter for Puerto Rico¿s independence. He spent a quarter century behind bars in US prisons for his actions, which included taking part in an armed protest in the US Capitol building in 1954. Nearly fifty years after that happened, he¿s still fighting and now there is a new generation of Puerto Ricans who are interested in his message. This pamphlet is not about the past, but about the present and future. One of the interviews with Rafael Cancel Miranda took place in 1998 as tens of thousands of workers for the state-owned Puerto Rican telephone company were on a 41-day strike, to protest selling the company to US big business. This sparked a 2-day general strike throughout the island. As these events and his ideas show, Puerto Rican nationalism is not dead. The second interview, done earlier in the year, gives a lot of helpful information about Miranda¿s own family background, how he became a rebel, and what his imprisonment was like. He explains that his first protest was at the age of six when he refused to say the pledge of allegiance to the US flag. This pamphlet also does a nice job of showing how the fight for Puerto Rican independence is tied up with workers struggles worldwide, including those in Cuba.
El uso de la isla Viequés como campo de tiro permanente es prueba contundente de que Puerto Rico es colonia. Que consiga la independencia es en los intereses no sólo del pueblo de la isla caribeño, sino también para la gran mayori'a de los estadounidenses; con una lucha exitosa, la conquista de la independencia significari'a un golpe mortal a su enemigo comu'n, las llamadas quinientas familias, mostrando que si' se puede romper las cadenas del imperio mas poderoso y violento que jama's desgració la faz de la Tierra. O bien por el simple espi'ritu de solidaridad humana contra el imperio, o bien por la directa necesidad de los explotados en los EE.UU. de unir contra el enemigo común o bien por el altruista fin de avanzar hacia un futuro en donde todos y todas seamos iguales, Puerto Rico, siendo de las u'ltimas colonias, merece libertad. La editorial Pathfinder a veces se llama 'la editorial de los ma'rtires', pero en este folleto conocemos el héroe vivo Rafael Cancel Miranda.
This inspiring pamphlet is mainly a conversation between revolutionaries: two leaders of the Young Socialists organization based in the U.S., and a true hero of Puerto Rico¿s fight for freedom ( Puerto Rico is the Yanqui Empire¿s last direct colony ).Rafael Cancel Miranda participated in an armed action of the Puerto Rican independence movement in 1954.He spent almost 30 years in US prisons where they tried to break him physically and mentally. They failed; like Nelson Mandela he came out stronger. Almost half of this pamphlet is a stirring defense of socialist Cuba and its example for working people worldwide as an example of what we can do. Indispensable reading for any fighter, young or old, for a truly human world.