Rosselló Urges July 4th be Celebrated by Demanding Equality
MANATÍ, Puerto Rico – The gubernatorial candidate for the New Progressive Party (NPP), Ricardo Rosselló, urged people to reflect during the July Fourth commemoration on the “meaning of equal rights for Puerto Ricans as citizens of the United States of America.”
“Obtaining statehood is a call for civil rights. It is the rejection of discrimination, to receive treatment equal to that given to American citizens residing in the 50 states. The origin of most of the economic problems currently plaguing the quality of life of our people lies precisely in inequality,” the politician said.
The NPP president added that “on the Fourth of July, the birth of the nation of which we are citizens is commemorated, the United States, a symbol of democracy for the free world, but under whose flag colonial discrimination has continued for more than three million of its citizens in Puerto Rico.”
“Let’s celebrate by reaffirming our commitment to start Puerto Rico’s transition toward statehood next January,” Rosselló said while in Manatí, where he is visiting as part of his campaign for governor.
During the visit, he said: “We speak clearly to the people: Puerto Rico’s problem is its colonial status. And to decolonize Puerto Rico, there are two options, statehood or independence. The people know what we propose and how we will achieve it. By contrast, the [Popular Democratic Party] candidate does not speak clearly even to his own party, nor takes positions.
“The final solution to the financial crisis in the government and the economic one that affects our people will begin in January, when we present the Act of Admission of Puerto Rico as a State of the Union bill to Congress. That is the dignified option for progress, justice and true freedom for all the children of this land as citizens of the United States.”
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