15 | 11 | 2019

On behalf of the 120 member states of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (Mnoal), the ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations (UN), Samuel Moncada, made a call to the Government of the United States of America to assume its responsibility to accelerate the process that will allow the Puerto Rican people to fully exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence.

During the meeting of the UN Committee on Decolonization, held on Monday, the Permanent Representative of Venezuela reaffirmed that the Puerto Rican people have the right to freedom and called for the consideration of the question of Puerto Rico in all its aspects.

Throughout its 100-year history, our Party has stood in solidarity with the democratic forces fighting for social and economic justice and self-determination in Puerto Rico. As the Party of the US working class, we have a special comradeship and historically binding ties to our brothers and sisters on the Island. Our solidarity work in exposing and defeating the policies of plunder and profit that the US colonialist system has imposed on Puerto Rico for over 100 years is intrinsically linked to our fight to win strategic victories against the extreme, corporate right wing sector of our country. This is the same sector whose tentacles, through economic and political power, continue to hold the Puerto Rican people in a colonial stranglehold.

I think it’s important from a start to realize that the crisis conditions in Puerto Rico in the wake and aftermath of hurricanes Maria and Irma, were not brought about extraneously this past fall, but are rooted in the systemic inequalities that were already in place and were the root cause of the humanitarian disaster that’s grown and intensified since the back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes decimated the island.

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