Puerto Rico Archbishop Calls for End to Island’s ‘Colonial Status’


Archbishop Gonzalez

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Source:  TeleSUR
June 8 2016

  • Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez talking about Puerto Rico
    Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez talking about Puerto Rico’s debt crisis.
    | Photo: Twitter / ‏@Eric_LeCompte
teleSUR spoke to Eric LeCompte, a key advocate in Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, about the Archbishop’s comments.

Ahead of the House vote this week, Puerto Rico’s Roman Catholic Archbishop, Roberto González Nieves OFM has announced his support for Puerto Rico’s debt crisis legislation, according to a press release issued by Jubilee USA Network.

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In an op-ed in The Hill, Archbishop Gonzalez noted the crisis is rooted in Puerto Rico’s “colonial status” and called on the people of the island to come together.

Self-determination

“Fundamentally, Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States,” wrote Gonzalez. “Before our island faces the next crisis, we must self-determine who we want to be and our relationship with the United States.”

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