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POLITICS: Puerto Rico: FBI Killing of Nationalist Leader May Lead to Violence

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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 graffiti.

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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posted on Sep, 28 2005 @ 07:19 PM
The socialist and pro Independence in PR will use anything to fuel the young people so they can bring up their agenda.

The agenda has never been of peace or debate but violences and mayhem.

They are not many but they can cause much damage.

The man that was killed was a fugitive and he was a good for nothing, he committed a crime in the US and he had to pay for it.

This type of people is an example of what the socialist and pro Independence parties have in their ranks.

My mother in PR said that they are a joke but a dangerous one.

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