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Incident at Oglala repeats in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico

Filiberto Ojeda Rios:
He crossed over to the Spirit World like a warrior
The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee strongly
condemns the assassination of the Puerto Rican
Independentista movement leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios
by the FBI and urges its supporters to understand the
parallels with our history and extend their solidarity
to the Puerto Rican freedom fighters.

On Friday September 23rd, 2005, a day in which Puerto
Rico celebrated the 137th anniversary of its
independence from Spain, a day when the people renew
their struggle against colonialism in all its forms,
the US government sent its forces to strike right at
the heart of the boricua people. As hundreds gathered
to hear the recorded words of Filiberto Ojeda Rios
exhorting all to unite for truth, justice and a better
life for the hard working people of that beautiful
island, the FBI executed a paramilitary operation,
surrounded Ojeda Rios house and started shooting
hundreds of rounds, just like they did in the Pine
Ridge Indian Reservation on June 26th, 1975 (one day
after the anniversary of the Battle of Greasy Grass,
when the Lakota nation was victorious over Custer and
the invader army). He tried to defend himself and his
family, just as our beloved warrior Leonard Peltier
did, and was murdered by an FBI sniper, just like our
own Joe Stuntz. The colonial forces then blocked
access to ambulances and anybody who could help so
that Filiberto would bleed to death. There was no need
to kill this man. Even in the colonial courts he had
been absolved from any wrong doing and had only been
accused of robbery. He was considered a fugitive
because he removed the electronic anklet used to track
him and lived in hiding tending his garden in the
mountains.

The governments real reason for targeting him was
that
he wanted to lead the people towards freedom from
colonialism and justice. We need to understand that
this is the reality and it makes all of us who
struggle for justice potential targets. Just as Don
Filiberto called for the unity of the Puerto Rican
independentista movement, we must also unite through
the threads of our collective history of struggle.

We do not need to use our imagination to see that
this is a long standing modus operandi of the US
government and its leading paramilitary agency. The
only difference is that today this terror is wanton
and global. When will the so called american people
wake up
from the stupor of their indulgences and comfort to
put a stop to this? They are the only ones that can
rein in the monster that goes on killing and
destroying in their name. For the sake of the planet,
our mother Earth, the international community also has
the responsibility to face the real criminals and let
them know their behavior is intolerable and must cease
immediately. After centuries of the same practices,
our colonial oppressors should wise up and learn they
do not work. Our thirst for justice is not placated
through more injustice, the murder and imprisonment of
our leaders, this only deepens it. Those of us who are
left are guided by those brave spirits and so
inspired. If they gave so much, how can we be in peace
doing
nothing? Their call, from the Spirit World and from
behind the iron bars and stun lethal fences, is
irrepressible.

Wanbli Watakpe
Director
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Official Website:  http://www.leonardpeltier.org

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Please visit the Guest Book for Steven R. Robideau.
The LPDC is sponsoring it for a year as a keepsake
for his family.

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Hay hombres que luchan un dia y son buenos, hay otros
que luchan muchos anios y son mejores, pero hay los
que
uchan toda la vida yesos son los indispensables.
Bertolt Brecht

sdeqd@yahoo.com 22.Jun.2006 11:13

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I'm surprised :). Lilly

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