The Cry of Lares Vs. The 4th of July
In the name of Homo Sapien Puertorriquenses and a patriotic saying here in Puerto Rico "Boricua hasta la muerte " (Boricua till death); I can not let the moon come up again without letting the cry of my heart and in name of "The Cry of Lares " drowning in the words of at least this hub; where somebody out there can understand, if they have intellectual feelings. Let me start defining what is "The Cry of Lares ", in Spanish is "El Grito de Lares ".
El Grito de Lares was a revolutionary movement planned, where a group of Puerto Ricans and some foreigners protested against the political and economic conditions in which the country was going through and the conditions that the Spanish Government assumed toward Puerto Ricans.
Isn't it kind of similar to the 4th of July celebration? The 4th of July is...oh you all know what it is... but even so, I will proceed with defining it (for purpose of the versus used in the title). The story goes something like this:
In the spring of 1775, after more than a decade of political agitation against the British and the first battles of the War of Independence, the 13 American colonies sent representatives to the first Continental Congress held in Philadelphia. After various debates about cutting ties with Britain, the representatives voted unanimously for independence on July 2, 1776. The next day, in a letter to his wife, the representative of Massachusetts, John Adams, said the date "should be solemn pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one to another confines of this continent from now on and forever. " Thus, two days after his important vote, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and sent copies to the entire country. The statement was dated July 4th; the new nation adopted it as Independence Day. The new country struggled to make independence a reality on July 4 and was characterized by parades, concerts, food and fireworks.
The great "truths" as the Declaration of Independence are:
"That all men are equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to ensure these rights that are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these principles, the people have the right to alter or to abolish it and institute a new government laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such manner as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Continuance of the story "The Grito de Lares"
Ramón Emeterio Betances and Ruiz Belvis were banished in 1867 for their revolutionary ideas. They went to Santo Domingo and then to New York in search of money and weapons to free Puerto Rico and establish a free and democratic Republic.
Ruiz Belvis died in 1867. Betances than prepared an armed revolution from Santo Domingo. He found communication with the separatists in Puerto Rico, which formed a chain of secret societies in Mayaguez, Ponce, Lares, Camuy, San Sebastian and Juana Diaz.
Meanwhile Betances gathered men, rifles and ammunition. Everything was planned for September 29, 1868. A statement was issued in Camuy alerting the authorities but the separatists carried on with the coup anyway.
On September 20, in Mayaguez, the conspirators agreed to begin the revolution on the farm of Manuel Rojas in Lares with the aim of taking Lares and San Sebastian and subsequently Moca, Quebradillas, Camuy and Arecibo. They had set the date of September 23, 1868.
At midnight on September 23, 1868, armed with rifles and machetes, horseback riding revolutionaries entered the town of Lares shouting, "Viva Puerto Rico Libre." The revolutionary troops consisted of 400 men led by Manuel Rojas and Matías Brugman. The revolutionaries took the council planting there the Lares flag designed by Betances and embroidered by Mariana Bracetti.
The rebels vowed to defend the freedom of the Motherland. They abolished the unjust system of books of day laborers and the slaves were declared free.
During the morning, General Rojas and his small army advanced towards San Sebastian but the Spanish had received reinforcements. It was four hours of fighting but the rebels had to retreat to the outskirts of town.
Rojas came back to the town to meet them, but many men refused and decided to return to Lares to wait for news of the rise in the rest of the island. El Grito de Lares was not a military success, but a failure. It emphasized the wickedness of the Colonial System of Puerto Rico and international public opinion of the desire for freedom of the Puerto Rican people.
Where does my indignation comes from?
My indignation comes, because the 4th of July is being celebrated by the governor's agencies in Puerto Rico, but September 23 whoever is absent to a normal day of work is seen as terrorist.
Where does the great "truths" of the Declaration of Independence goes in September 23? Are we some kind of species different than United States? They got their independence and we only a "Scream" called "Cry" against Spain it wasn't against United States. Why can we have our remembrance day...why could independence be for one place?
This is what americans labeled with the name of FBI did in a day where many Patriotics Puerto Rican wanted to do like they do the 4th of July in United States:
A day when Puerto Ricans were celebrating a day like the 4th of July
The leader of the Boricua Popular Army, "Los Macheteros ", Filiberto Ojeda Rios, a true legend for Puerto Rican independence, died in a shootout with the FBI during a long police operation.
"Definitely, Filiberto Ojeda Rios is dead," confirmed the Puerto Rican police chief, Pedro Toledo Dávila, having been informed by the FBI.
The operation to arrest Ojeda Rios, 72 years old and a fugitive since 1990, began on the afternoon of a Friday, when almost one hundred federal agents surrounded a residence in the town of Hormigueros, 150 kilometers west of San Juan. In the operation an FBI agent was wounded and Ojeda Rios' wife, Elma Beatriz Rosado Barbosa, was arrested.
The FBI never informed the purpose of the ongoing operation. The Puerto Rican police chief said that federal agents had located Ojeda Rios and were about to arrest him.
In the midst of a complete lack of information on the outcome of the police operation, the leaders of the Puerto Rico Independence Party (PIP), took to the streets in protest, of what is already advertised, the "murder" of the leader of the Boricua Popular Army, better known as "Los Macheteros".
The governor of Puerto Rico, Anibal Acevedo Vila, complained about the secrecy of the FBI by the lack of information.
Why did the FBI disrespect the Puerto Ricans celebration with a terrorist act such as this? I am not judging Ojeda's innocence, only the fact of, from 365 days of a year, they invaded with blood, our celebration, when the 4th of July is celebrated with such colorful musical events.
Where does the world's problems come from?
There are many existing answers for this question but I assure that one of the answers lays in the invasion of other countries in the lust of power toward others. Where rebellion is lifted up and hatred is giving birth.
Election day is almost around the corner...independence or statehood? I have had my opinion since I was 20 years old. I dislike political themes for its lies and disrespect to the spiritual, human intellect and moral capacities.
If a country loves liberty and wants respect...let others love liberty and want respect! Thank God that His everlasting true words are left for hope:
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful."
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
Blessings to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
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