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Announcement :: Human Rights
FBI/NYPD Grand Jury Subpoenas Target Boricuas
05 Jan 2008
The FBI/NYPD Anti-Terrorism Task Force (Joint Terrorist Task Force) has been visiting Puerto Ricans and serving them with Grand Jury subpoenas. In one case they claimed to be
investigating the extremist group: The Welfare Poets. Two others have been served with Grand Jury subpoenasto appear at the Federal Court at
Plaza East, Brooklyn on Friday, January 11, 2007 at 9:30 a.m.
ALL OUT JANUARY 11TH!

RALLY AGAINST GRAND JURY REPRESSION OF PUERTO
RICAN INDEPENDENCE ACTIVISTS

FRIDAY JANUARY 11TH, 9:30 A.M.

Brooklyn Federal Court
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, New York
Jan. 11th-Support PRican Grand Jury Resisters


PROLIBERTAD ALERT

FBI/NYPD Grand Jury Subpoenas Target Boricuas:

The FBI/NYPD Anti-Terrorism Task Force (Joint Terrorist Task Force) has been visiting Puerto Ricans and serving them with Grand Jury subpoenas. In one case they claimed to be
investigating the extremist group: The Welfare Poets. Two others have been served with Grand Jury subpoenasto appear at the Federal Court at
Plaza East, Brooklyn on Friday, January 11, 2007 at 9:30 a.m.
and, as of this communication, one is being sought to be served.

As was the case with the assassination of Machetero Leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios on September 23, 2005, a key historical date for the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, the FBI/U.S. Justice Department has chosen the date of January 11 for the Grand Jury hearing in New
York, a date when independence forces celebrate the birth and contributions of Eugenio
Maria de Hostos to the independence struggle against Spain.

To date, subpoenas to appear before the Grand Jury have been issued to; Tania Frontera, a graphic designer, pro-independence activist and participant in the Vieques struggle,
activist and social worker Christopher Torres and filmmaker Julio Pab,
Jr. In addition, there are indications that Hector Rivera, one of the foun
ders of the political/cultural group the New York based 93Welfare Poets,94
was visited to be served with a subpo
ena but was not home in NY at the time.

In Puerto Rico the group La Nueva Escuela convened a meeting with a
broad range of pro-independence political forces to plan the response and
mobilize legal and political resources. They also appealed to those active
in the Puerto Rico campaign. A demonstration in front of the Federal Court House in San
Juan has been called for January 10th.

In New York City on Saturday, December 29, 2007, Puerto Rican
pro-Independence activists, organizations and allies met with some of the subpoenaed activists, family members, legal advisors, friends and allies
, to update themselves on the activities of the FBI/NYPD anti-terrorism age
nts leading to the Grand Jury hearings on January 11th. A call for a mass p
rotest on January 11th at the Federal Court House in Cadman
Plaza, Brooklyn was made, work committees were formed, a list of legal resources was presented and a general call outlined for support for these latest targets of
Federal Grand Jury repression. A flyer is being drafted, and everyone is urged to mobilize.

The Hostos 111 Grand Jury Resistance Movement is the tentative name of this mobilization and an email has been established while a toll-free number is setup where messages and endorsements can be left
..

The email is: resistgrandjury (at) gmail.com

Organizations are asked to email endorsement for the demo
on January 11th.

ALL OUT JANUARY 11TH!

RALLY AGAINST GRAND JURY REPRESSION OF PUERTO
RICAN INDEPENDENCE ACTIVISTS

FRIDAY JANUARY 11TH, 9:30 A.M.

Brooklyn Federal Court
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, New York

Take subways: A/C Subway to High Street, 2/3 to Clark Street,
M/R to Court St-Boro Hall, 4,5 to Borough Hall, F to Jay St-Boro Hall,
G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn).

U.S.A./F.B.I. 96 Out of Puerto Rico!
Unity In Action, Against Repression!




Federal Grand Jury Target Puerto Rican Independistas in New York

Hector Rivera of the Welfare Poets and others subpoenaed

By Puerto Rican Independence

The FBI continues its attack against the Puerto Rican independence movement, even as the White House continues to admit that Puerto Rico is a colonial territory of the US, something the independence movement has been condemning for decades...


Groups and individuals from diverse sectors of the Puerto Rican pro-independence movement and the Boricua Community in general, are currently urgently meeting in Puerto Rico and throughout the Diaspora to organize against the latest offensive by the U.S. Department of Justice, after being informed that several young Boricua pro-independence activists from New York City have been subpoenaed to appear before a Federal Grand jury investigating the Puerto Rican Independence Movement in general, and in particular, the Ejercito Popular Boricua (EPB: Popular Boricua Army) aka the Macheteros.

Tania Frontera, Christopher Torres and Julio Pabon Jr. are scheduled to appear before a Federal Grand Jury on January 11, 2008. Hector Rivera, co-founder of the cultural institution The Welfare Poets, is also expected to be served with a subpoena to appear on that day. In the past, due to the fact that some pro-independence activists have traditionally refused to receive the subpoenas from the Grand Jury or to respond to its questions, many have ended up behind bars.

Both the FBI and U.S. Dept. of Justice have made it clear that there is an ongoing investigation focused on the Ejercito Popular Boricua (EPB)-Macheteros. Special Agent Luis Fraticelli, who heads the FBI in San Juan, has said that the agency intends to capture Comandante Guasabara of the EPB, who is believed to have succeeded Filiberto Ojeda Ri­os in the leadership of the clandestine revolutionary organization. Ojeda Ri­os was assassinated by the federal agents on September 23, 2005.

The initial rumors that the recent subpoenas had been issued and served began to circulate almost simultaneously as the new progress report of the White House committee revewing the colonial conditions of Puerto Rico was made public. The subpoenas, all served in New York City are to appear before the Federal Grand Jury on the following January 11.

Although many are shocked by the identity of some of the particular individuals targeted, this latest offensive by the U.S. Federal Government has not come as a total surprise to the Pro-Independence Movement, which has been organizing to prepare for an expected new wave of political repression and possibly arrests.




SAN JUAN/Corresponsal EDLP — Agrupaciones de diversas vertientes del independentismo se reunían con carácter de urgencia en San Juan para trazar un plan ante la nueva ofensiva del Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos, tras recibirse informe de que varios independentistas boricuas de Nueva York han sido citados a comparecer al gran jurado.

Debido a que tradicionalmente los independentistas puertorriqueños se niegan a aceptar las citaciones del gran jurado o responder sus preguntas, los referidos emplazamientos usualmente desembocan en el encarcelamiento de los luchadores por la independencia de esta nación caribeña, colonia de EEUU desde 1898.

Los informes recibidos hasta ayer en Puerto Rico eran en el sentido de que los citados en esta ocasión fueron identificados como la diseñadora gráfica Tania Frontera, el trabajador social Christopher Torres y el cineasta Julio Antonio Pabón, hijo. Además, había indicaciones sin confirmar sobre que el Buró Federal de Investigaciones estaba tratando de localizar para emplazar también a Héctor Rivera, uno de los fundadores de la prestigiosa institución político-cultural con base en Nueva York “Welfare Poets”.

La reunión fue convocada por el grupo La Nueva Escuela, pero se indicó durante el día que habían confirmado su asistencia organizaciones de distintas vertientes. Los organizadores anticiparon que podrían usarse recursos legales y recurrir al derecho internacional, además de que se arreciaría la campaña para demandar que el FBI sea retirado de Puerto Rico.

Normalmente ni el FBI ni el Departamento de Justicia dan información pública sobre las pesquisas en proceso, pero en cuanto al tema del independentismo puertorriqueño han dejado claro que hay una investigación continua contra el Ejército Popular Boricua-Macheteros. El Agente Especial a Cargo del FBI en San Juan, Luis Fraticelli, ha dicho que esa agencia intenta capturar al Comandante Guasábara, que sucedió en la jefatura de los Macheteros a Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, a quien mató un grupo comando estadounidense en 2005.

Las nuevas citaciones expedidas en Nueva York son para comparecer ante el cuerpo investigativo el 11 de enero, cuando en Puerto Rico se conmemora al prócer Eugenio María de Hostos por lo que la fecha tiene una gran connotación para los grupos que luchan por la independencia. De hecho, los primeros rumores de que se habían emitido las citaciones comenzaron a circular casi a la vez que se hizo público el nuevo informe de progreso del grupo de trabajo de la Casa Blanca sobre el caso colonial de Puerto Rico.

Las citaciones no han resultado del todo sorpresivas en Puerto Rico, donde a principios de mes se llevó a cabo una reunión de grupos independentistas para discutir precisamente lo que se esperaba sería una nueva ofensiva de represión policial y posibles encarcelamientos.




ALERT FROM A COMPAñERO:

I am writing to state the conclusive facts to all whom are aware and those who are not.

Two brothers and a sister are right now facing grand jury subpoenas on January 11,2008.

The FBI under the guise of carrying out an investigation has historically attacked the members and sympathizers of the Puerto Rican Independence movement.

The policy of subpoenas is to initiate a campaign of intense harassment and intimidation. We will rally and provide support to all those whom are subpoenaed and their families.

I am calling on all people to unite and mobilize to the federal court in Camden Plaza in Brooklyn on January 11,2008.

The FBI in a gross violation of our human rights in Puerto Rico and our internationally protected right to self-determination killed of Puerto Rican Patriot and leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios on September 23 2005. Despite the years of bombing and destroying illegally our beautiful island of Vieques we organized and rallied our people to conduct peaceful civil disobedience, prayer vigils, forums and fund raisers.

The FBI seeking to intimidate these brothers and a sister have been submitting them to harassment visits at their homes and jobs, then upon failing to gain their cooperation three have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury and testify or face incarceration.

I guarantee that like in the past this campaign will fail. It will once again fail like it did the many times in the past because the people of Puerto Rico understand that the FBI and Homeland Security are the same cowards whom cruelly tortured, assassinated and incarcerated patriots and leaders of our nation since the illegal invasion and occupation July 25,1898 of our nation.

The people marched out in the streets in support of the great patriotic leader Filiberto Ojeda Rios and by the thousands attended his wake and burial. We must resist and in unity build support for all those who are investigated, harassed, and jailed. We must wholeheartedly stand firm and strong in support of these brothers and sisters who dare to struggle and dare to resist.



COMUNICADO DE PRENSA



GRAN JURADO FEDERAL CITA TRES JÓVENES INDEPENDENTISTAS



ORGANIZACIONES INDEPENDENTISTAS, SOCIALISTAS, ESTUDIANTILES Y LUCHADORAS POR LA PAZ

SE UNEN PARA ENFRENTAR OLA REPRESIVA



El FBI continúa con sus ataques contra el pueblo y en especial contra el movimiento independentista en PR y los EEUU. A mediados de diciembre de 2007 se citó a comparecer ante un Gran Jurado Federal a tres jóvenes luchadores por la salida de la Marina estadounidense de Vieques, defensores de nuestra cultura en los EEUU y activistas por la independencia nacional.



Las autoridades coloniales citan bajo pena de desacato (subpoena) a Christopher Torres, Tania Frontera y Julio Antonio Pabón para que comparezcan ante el Gran Jurado el 11 de enero de 2008, en la jurisdicción de Nueva York.



Las organizaciones abajo firmantes alertamos al pueblo puertorriqueño sobre una nueva oleada de persecución por parte del FBI contra el movimiento luchador por la independencia. No se olvida nunca el asesinato de Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, que demuestra hasta dónde esta agencia de represión está dispuesta a llegar. El FBI recrudece los atropellos cuando las luchas comunitarias, obreras, ambientales y políticas son más visibles y van calando en el pueblo que reclama justicia social, respeto por su dignidad y su libertad.



Por eso el independentismo se organiza para llevar a cabo una serie de actividades públicas y así demostrar el repudio del pueblo a esta persecución. Repudiamos la presencia del Gran Jurado Federal y del FBI como mecanismo para destruir el movimiento independentista y todas las causas en las que estamos involucrados. ¡Seguimos adelante luchando por la independencia y exigiendo el respeto que como pueblo merecemos!



¡No a la presencia federal en Puerto Rico! ¡No colaboración con el Gran Jurado! ¡Repudiamos los ataques y atropellos del FBI!



ORGANIZACIONES FIRMANTES:

COMITÉ DE DERECHOS HUMANOS DE PUERTO RICO

CONSEJO DE ESTUDIANTES DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES DE la UPR en RÍO PIEDRAS

CONSEJO DE ESTUDIANTES DE UPR RÍO PIEDRAS

COORDINADORA CARIBEÑA y LATINOAMERICANA

COORDINADORA CONTINENTAL BOLIVARIANA

COORDINADORA NACIONAL VIGILAS FILIBERTO OJEDA RÍOS

FEDERACIÓN UNIVERSITARIA PRO INDEPENDENCIA

FRENTE SOCIALISTA

GRITO DE LOS EXCLUIDOS

LA NUEVA ESCUELA

MOVIMIENTO INDEPENDENTISTA NACIONAL HOSTOSIANO

MOVIMIENTO SOCIALISTA DE TRABAJADORES

ORGANIZACIÓN SOCIALISTA INTERNACIONAL

PARTIDO INDEPENDENTISTA PUERTORRIQUEÑO

PARTIDO REVOLUCIONARIO DE LOS TRABAJADORES-MACHETEROS

UNIÓN DE JUVENTUDES SOCIALISTAS

Denunciation of Possible Arrests of Pro-Independence Activists

Our Countries Section – December 27, 2007
By Jesus Davila

SAN JUAN/Correspondant El Diario La Prensa –Groups and individuals from diverse sectors of the Puerto Rican pro-independence movement and the Boricua Community in general, are currently urgently meeting in Puerto Rico and throughout the Diaspora to organize against the latest offensive by the U.S. Department of Justice, after being informed that several young Boricua pro-independence activists from New York City have been subpoenaed to appear before a Federal Grand jury investigating the Puerto Rican Independence Movement in general, and in particular, the Ejercito Popular Boricua (EPB: Popular Boricua Army) aka the Macheteros.

Tania Frontera, Christopher Torres and Julio Pabon Jr. are scheduled to appear before a Federal Grand Jury on January 11, 2008. Hector Rivera, co-founder of the cultural institution The Welfare Poets, is also expected to be served with a subpoena to appear on that day. In the past, due to the fact that some pro-independence activists have traditionally refused to receive the subpoenas from the Grand Jury or to respond to its questions, many have ended up behind bars.

Both the FBI and U.S. Dept. of Justice have made it clear that there is an ongoing investigation focused on the Ejercito Popular Boricua (EPB)-Macheteros. Special Agent Luis Fraticelli, who heads the FBI in San Juan, has said that the agency intends to capture Comandante Guasabara of the EPB, who is believed to have succeeded Filiberto Ojeda Ri­os in the leadership of the clandestine revolutionary organization.

Ojeda Ri­os was assassinated by the federal agents on September 23, 2005.

The initial rumors that the recent subpoenas had been issued and served began to circulate almost simultaneously as the new progress report of the White House committee reviewing the colonial conditions of Puerto Rico was made public.

The subpoenas, all served in New York City are to appear before the Federal Grand Jury on the following January 11.

Although many are shocked by the identity of some of the particular individuals targeted, this latest offensive by the U.S. Federal Government has not come as a total surprise to the Pro-Independence Movement, which has been organizing to prepare for an expected new wave of political repression and possibly arrests.

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RALLY AGAINST GRAND JURY REPRESSION

OF

PUERTO RICAN INDEPENDENCE ACTIVIST

San Juan, Puerto Rico

GRAN JURY SUBPOENAS THREE YOUNG PUERTO RICAN PRO -INDEPENDENCE ADVOCATES

PRO-INDEPENDENCE , SOCIALISTS, STUDENTS AND PEACE ACTIVISTS ORGANIZATIONS UNITE TO CONFRONT THE COMMING WAVE OF REPRESSION.


The FBI continues its attacks against the people, especially against the Puerto Rican pro independence movement in Puerto Rico and in the U.S. In mid December of 2007, three young activists who participated in the struggle to get the U.S. Navy to leave Vieques, defendors of Puerto Rican culture in the U.S. and pro independence activists were subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury.

Colonial authorities subpoenaed Christopher Torres, Tania Frontera and Julio Antonio Pabon to appear before a Grand Jury in New York City on January 11, 2008


The undersigned organizations alert the people of Puerto Rico on the new wave of FBI persecution against the Puerto Rican Independence Movement. We will never forget the assasinassation of Filiberto Ojeda Rios which demonstrated the lengths to which the FBI is ready to go. The FBI heightens its abuse when community, workers, environmental and political struggles are more visible and penetrating. The people demand social justice and respect for their dignity and freedom.

Pro Independence activists are organizing a series of public activities to demonstrate the rejection by Puerto Ricans of this persecution. We repudiate the presence of the U.S. Federal Gran Jury, the FBI as a mechanism to destroy the independence movement and all the other causes we are involved in.

We will continue forward in our struggle for Puerto Rican independence and demand the respect that as a nation we deserve!


January 10, 2008
5:00 PM --9:00 PM
Picket in front of the U.S. Federal Court House in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

No a la presencia federal en Puerto Rico! No colaboracion con el Gran Jurado! Repudiamos los ataques y atropellos del FBI!
NO to U.S. Federal presence in Puerto Rico! Non colaboration with the Grand Jury.

We repudiate the attacks and the repression.

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS:

COMITE DE DERECHOS HUMANOS DE PUERTO RICO
CONSEJO DE ESTUDIANTES DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES DE la UPR en RIO PIEDRAS
CONSEJO DE ESTUDIANTES DE UPR RIO PIEDRAS
COORDINADORA CARIBE/NA y LATINOAMERICANA
COORDINADORA CONTINENTAL BOLIVARIANA
COORDINADORA NACIONAL VIGILAS FILIBERTO OJEDA RIOS
FEDERACION UNIVERSITARIA PRO INDEPENDENCIA
FRENTE SOCIALISTA
GRITO DE LOS EXCLUIDOS
LA NUEVA ESCUELA
MOVIMIENTO INDEPENDENTISTA NACIONAL HOSTOSIANO
MOVIMIENTO SOCIALISTA DE TRABAJADORES
ORGANIZACION SOCIALISTA INTERNACIONAL
PARTIDO INDEPENDENTISTA PUERTORRIQUE/ NO
PARTIDO REVOLUCIONARIO DE LOS TRABAJADORES- MACHETEROS
UNION DE JUVENTUDES SOCIALISTAS

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