UPR Chancellor Ana Guadalupe spoke for the first time today reacting to last week’s disturbance during which she was accosted by a group of student demonstrators. She said that there were times she felt her life was in danger, and she struggled with the idea of resigning. But she remains resolute in her position and insists that the University will fight to keep in place the prohibition of large demonstrations on campus grounds.
Lieutenant Governor Kenneth McClintock published an “editorial” on Fox News and Fox Latino’s websites (I will not take responsibility for contaminating you, dear reader, by linking to them) that parroted current talking points. The demonstrators, says McClintock are a “small group [that] is creating an environment where members of the university community are afraid to speak out and fulfill their responsibilities as students and professors.” He claimed that this was “not an isolated incident,” while failing to mention once the repeated violent assault on students and bystanders conducted by the riot police installed by the monopoly government and the university administration. He asserts that the UPR is the “the most affordable public institution of higher education anywhere under the American flag,” which may be correct, but we haven’t checked the Virgin Islands, Marianas or Guam yet. He also fails to mention that Puerto Rico, if considered part of the U.S., would be by far the poorest state of the union, and its median income, $18,381, would be less than half of that of the poorest state Mississippi ($37,749).
Then McClintock calls on the demonstrators, “many of whom claim to be members of socialist youth organizations,” to “renounce Cold War-type violent tactics.” The logic-mangling here of course begins with the nonsensical use of “Cold War-type violent tactics,” since the whole idea behind the use of the phrase Cold War was to describe conflict less violent than conventional wars. The other illusion here is the idea that organized civil disobedience is something that ended 40 years ago, when it has only increased in use and has become more sophisticated on an international scale over the years. The use of “Cold War” and “socialist” is just another stale repetition of the grade-school fear and ignorance breeding that Fox News has been endlessly reiterating since the election of Obama.
Meanwhile, the intrepid Jesús Dávila reports that he is in a possession of a memo that alleges that “two intelligence agents of the National Police attacked guards” at the incident involving Chancellor Guadalupe. He says that the undercover agents were disguised as demonstrators and implemented this nefarious plan “weeks after it was revealed that a high level meeting in which to start a tragedy which could be blamed on the students was discussed, as a means of turning public opinion against the uprising.”
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