Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Nina Droz Franco Is Free

Published November 28, 2019

Nina Droz Franco

The Nina Droz Friends and Family Committee reported the release of the Puerto Rican political prisoner Nina Droz Franco from the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida. Nina arrived in Puerto Rico on November 26.

Police forces arrested Nina during a demonstration on May 1, 2017 where more than 60,000 people protested against the austerity policies imposed by the governments of the United States and Puerto Rico, the presence of the Fiscal Control Board and the Promise Law, and in support of workers’ rights and in defense of the University of Puerto Rico. During the demonstration by revolutionaries, the police of Puerto Rico and agents of the federal government of the United States on the Island, arrested about twenty young people, among whom was Nina Droz. Of those who were arrested, she was the only one prosecuted by federal authorities, and accused of trying to burn with a single match, the huge facilities of the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico in Hato Rey. She was admitted without bail to the Detention Center of the federal government of the United States in Guaynabo.

After 13 months practically alone and in conditions of sexual harassment and violation of her rights, on June 12, 2018, Judge Aida Delgado declared Nina guilty of a conspiracy charge, of the seven that were initially charged. He sentenced her to 37 months in prison at the federal women’s prison in Tallahassee, Florida and also applied three additional years in probation and the payment of a $ 100.00 fine.

Nina has been the victim of all kinds of reprisals in retaliation against the positions she has taken in prison to support female prisoners. In a sexist society, being a woman and also a political prisoner, is twice stigmatized. Nina has been punished for transgressing gender boundaries.

The Nina Friends and Family Committee reiterated its support for Nina Droz and states that there is no valid reason for her prosecution and deprivation of her freedom. Likewise, that Nina was chosen as a scapegoat in order to silence the people’s voice in her just demands. The Committee recognizes in Nina the integration of young people in the social struggles of the country, as we saw in the demonstrations of last summer and in the struggles of students claiming that the state’s public university is the teaching center where education is guaranteed to the poor sectors of our society.