Wednesday, October 7, 2009
A comment on the situation in Puerto Rico...
As we have been entertaining you with this blog, things in Puerto Rico has gone from worse to worse. Apart from one of the worse murder rates in 16 years, a very high unemployment figure, made worse by the mass firings of over 16,000 public employees.
All of these things are happening and then our brand new Secretary of Goverment Marcos Rodríguez Ema goes on the radio and said that the protesters and their leaders are Terrorists.
Who fired more than 16,000 employees, destroying the careers and peace of thousands of Puerto Ricans?
Who has insulted the dignity of our people, over and over again?
Who wants to privatize all of the public services, making more expensive our public works?
And they dare to call peaceful protesters terrorists, dangling the fascist "Patriot Act" over the head of law abiding citizens.
The only terrorists here are called the Government of Puerto Rico, trying to suppress the right of people to protest unfair practices and gained rights.
By using threats and intimidations, you're only succeding in looking weak and afraid.
By firing honest men and women from their employment, you have engendered terror in the minds of Puertorricans. That's what a real terrorist does!
Remember Mr. Fortuño, we are your bosses. We pay your salary with our taxes. You are a temporary employee at best.
Be greatful that you live in a country where people don't take things as seriously as they should. If it wasn't the case, you would have been tarred and feathered...or worse!
Give thanks to whatever god you belive in, that we are only going to protest in peace your abuses.
There's still time to open dialog and to talk this thru. Peace is still at a cheap price, as the character Quark said in the Star Trek series "Deep Space Nine". Afterwards the price for peace might be measured in pints or gallons of blood.
It's a dangerous road we are driving. Hope we don't crash and burn!