Anti-Obama Protest in Puerto Rico

June 26, 2011

On June 14, thousands of people protested in San Juan during a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama. People carried signs reading "Yankee, Go Home!" Protestors raised the banner of Puerto Rican independence and demanded the release of Puerto Rican political prisoners held in the U.S.

Swarms of police surrounded the protestors and blocked off streets leading to the government house. At least five arrests were reported.

For 113 years, Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States.

In 1898, the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico. Ten thousand troops occupied the country and the U.S. imposed a colonial administration on the people. Under the Foraker Act (1900) and the Jones Act (1917), Puerto Rico was made an official "possession of the U.S."

The current Commonwealth status of Puerto Rico created in 1952, is merely a continuation of colonial status. The U.S. has established a number of military bases across Puerto Rico.