posted on Sep, 28 2005 @ 07:02 PM
Five days ago in a shootout at a farmhouse in Puerto Rico, FBI agents killed Filiberto Ojeda Rios, a fugitive, wanted for armed robbery of a Wells
Fargo depot in Connecticut which occurred in 1983. The fugitive Filiberto O. Rios, who was 72 years old was also a Puerto Rican Nationalist who
fought against U.S. occupation and status over the country which is currently a commonwealth of the U.S. The shooting has sparked large protests
among the Puerto Rican population and threats have been issued causing an increase of security at U.S. government buildings on the island.
The FBI said they shot the 72-year-old after he opened fire on agents, but later announced an independent probe into the shooting after local
officials questioned the bureau's handling of the incident and Ojeda Rios' widow, who escaped from the farmhouse unharmed, said the FBI fired first.
The shooting sparked isolated street demonstrations in which some protesters burned American flags and defaced two McDonald's restaurants with
The latest backlash against the U.S. government is the largest since an errant bomb killed a civilian guard on the island of Vieques in 1999. That
incident sparked several years of protests, eventually prompting the U.S. Navy to abandon bombing exercises there in 2003.
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I quoted the above article because the AP seems to be unbiased to me with their representation of the story, however other sources are not as
unbiased and claims of political assassination, denial to doctors, and the shooting of unarmed man are circulating the island and the world. Amnesty
International has called for a special investigation and it will be interesting to see the evolution of the Puerto Rican populace while the
investigations are carried out.
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