The reason the U.S. authorities targeted these 12 is that the expulsion of the U.S. military from Vieques is a bad example to others around the world because it shows its possible to stand up to U.S. imperialism and win.
The fight to demand justice for the Vieques defendants is tied to the ongoing campaign for the release of all Puerto Rican political prisoners. Five independence fightersHaydée Beltrán, Antonio Camacho, Oscar López, Juan Segarra Palmer, and Carlos Alberto Torresare among the longest-held political prisoners in the world.
The successful struggle against the U.S. Navy in Vieques and the effort to free the Puerto Rican political prisoners are part of a broader fightto end U.S. colonial rule over Puerto Rico. These struggles are completely in the interests of working people of the United States, who share with the Puerto Rican people a common oppressor: the U.S. billionaire minority and its government in Washington. Every move to victimize Puerto Rican anticolonial fightersfrom FBI spying to the use of grand jurieswill reinforce efforts by the U.S. employers to trample on the rights of workers and farmers in the United States.
Reverse the convictions of the Vieques 12!
Grant Oscar López medical treatment!
Free all the Puerto Rican political prisoners now!
N.Y. protesters: Justice for Vieques 12, free all Puerto Rican political prisoners!
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