The Macheteros Call for People to take the Streets in Puerto Rico

Published April 16, 2019

The Macheteros Call for People to take the Streets

San Juan, Apr 14 (INS) The Boricua Popular Army (EPB-Macheteros) urged the Puerto Rican people to demand justice in the streets, given the corruption that now dominates the government’s policies, as evidenced by the closure of schools executed by the recently resigned Secretary of Education, Julia Keleher, and the delivery of schools to religious fundamentalists.

“For about 15 years, the work of destroying our educational system with several objectives has intensified.”

The organization said in a statement sent to the Inter News Service (INS) that “the obvious objective is that education serves to culturally identify the Puerto Rican population with the American empire.”

The EPB-Macheteros said that a year ago, in April 2018, Keleher was declared persona non grata for her attempt to destroy the educational system of Puerto Rico, so “time always unmasks the frauds who, with deception, continue the plundering of our natural resources and our people.”

According to the political-military organization, another objective is privatization aimed at favoring those who have turned education into a business, forgetting that it is a human right.

“That is why we have seen how a supposed educational reform that does not contemplate the essential elements to have an excellent educational system is approved, but seeks to formalize something that seems to have been agreed upon even before the approval of the so-called reform: the delivery of schools to religious fundamentalists who campaign against the current administrators of the colony and other businessmen,” they said.

For the EPB-Macheteros, the people who have led the worst education system in Puerto Rico since 1899, is Keleher, unmasked as an expert in corruption, as well as Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, who until a few days ago reiterated his confidence in the official, and like his father, former governor Pedro Rosselló, “he never knows anything about what happens under his administration.”

The clandestine group maintains that Keleher “is not alone in the corrupt acts and we are sure that several other officials or their relatives will soon be unmasked as well”.

In the declaration, from somewhere in the heart of the country and signed by Commander Guasábara, the Popular Army Boricua-Macheteros assured that they suspect that the departure of the head of the Department of Public Security, Héctor M. Pesquera, “is not explained by a sudden desire to be with his family.”

He noted that Pesquera, whom he describes as a shady character, a great teacher of repression and abuse against workers and people who express their discontent over injustices, was also defended by Rosselló Nevares until recent days.

“These characters are experts in profiting from the suffering of people, especially after disasters as huge as Hurricane Maria. For them, the misery and suffering that this disaster left, only means money,” said the statement.

They claimed the need to “get them all out”, from Rosselló Nevares, the secretaries of Justice, Wanda Vázquez Garced, and State, Luis G. Rivera Marín; the director of the Office of Government Ethics, Zulma Rosario, and the presidents of the Senate, Thomas Rivera Schatz, and the House of Representatives, Carlos Johnny Méndez Núñez, among others.

“And we are not talking about waiting for 2020. It is now, in the streets, a whole people indignant asking for justice. In this way, they will learn to respect us”stated the EPB-Macheteros.

The Macheteros is a clandestine organization based in Puerto Rico, with cells in the states and other nations. It campaigns for, and supports, the independence of Puerto Rico from the United States.

During their first decade of existence, they had an average of two actions per year. The group claimed responsibility for the 1978 bombing of a small power station in the San Juan area, the 1979 retaliation attacks against the United States armed forces personnel, the 1981 attacks on Puerto Rico Air National Guard aircraft, and a 1983 Wells Fargo bank robbery.