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Puerto Rican student sentenced to a year in federal prison
23 Feb 2002
A Puerto Rican student is sentenced to a year in the slammer for allegedly punching an ROTC officer.
FEB 22, 2002

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign sends this urgent alert out to let the various communities we work with that as of this afternoon; Pedro Colón-Almenas is the 7th Puerto Rican Political Prisoner!! he was sentenced to one year in jail (to possibly served in PR) and three years of probation!!

Pedro Colón-Almenas was sentenced today in a court room packed with hundreds of youth/ students/supporters in Puerto Rico. According to an over the phone report we received this early evening, the youth/students of Puerto Rico organized a massive total island student strike that had amazing ramifications throughout the island yesterday, there were various solidarity activities/vigils and press events this week that created an amazing pressure on Judge Héctor Laffitte (a pro-Navy ex-JAG lawyer infamous for his serving out outrageous sentences to civil disobedients). This pressure forced Laffitte to sentence pedro to a year and three years of probation in stead of the possible 3-5 years that the prosecution was pushing.

A more detailed report will come throughout the weekend as well as the Committee in Solidairty with Pedro's press statement.

FREE THE PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONERS!! FREE PEDRO COLON-ALMENAS!!

NOW MORE THAN EVER THE MOVEMENT TO FREE THE PUERTO
RICAN POLITICAL PRISONERS NEEDS THE SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT OF ALL COMMUNITIES!! CONTACT PROLIBERTAD BY EMAILING ProLibertad (at) hotmail.com or 718-601-4751/ 121-927-9065/201-435-3244

For more info: http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/caab/articles/vieques90.htm
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