10/10/2005

Indigenous Peoples Day: Support the Boriken Taino Demonstrators

Indigenous Peoples Day: Support the Boriken Taino Demonstrators

Below you will find a press advisory and a petition letter that we are requesting you consider sending to the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) immediately. The petition request that the ICP not criminalize a court case against Taíno protesters who occupied a state run indigenous ceremonial center to bring attention to the profaning and desecration of national patrimony in Boriken (Puerto Rico).

Please call 1(787)724-0700 (Ext. 4201, 4208) to voice your support or fax your letter to 1(787)724-8393. Thank you.

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Press Advisory
For Immediate Release

We, the indigenous Taíno Boricua demonstrators of the “Sacred Reclamation and Cry of Caguana” have and will continue to exert our right to free expression.

The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) is intent on criminalizing this right.

We chose our main and most important Indigenous Ceremonial Center of the Caribbean, CAGUANA, to emphasize the deterioration of our national patrimony.

Our Demand is:

Stop the profaning and destruction of our sanctuaries, ancestral deposits, coaibays (cemeteries), ancestral remains, funerary and ceremonial objects, sacred places and ceremonial centers NOW!

Press Conference to be held:
Monday - October 10, 2005
Indigenous Peoples Day
At 11:00 am

At the entrance Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP),
Viejo San Juan

For more information contact:

Tel. 787. 847- 5039
787. 366- 2256
787. 568- 1547

Email: caney@prtc.net
anacaotoa@hotmail.com
uctp_ny@yahoo.com

http://www.uctp.blogspot.com/

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LETTER OF SUPPORT

To: Dr. Jorge Luis Vega,
Director,
Institute of Puerto Rican Culture

We support the indigenous demonstrators and their right to free expression that they manifested during the “Sacred Reclamation and Cry of Caguana”, which called for an end to the profaning and destruction of sacred places and archeological sites belonging to the people of Borikén (Puerto Rico).

We are therefore petitioning that the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture not criminalize this right which the following indigenous Taíno Boricua demonstrators exerted:

Naniki Reyes Ocasio, Elba Anaca Lugo Perez, Taina Rosado Cordoba, Jose Xuerix Camacho Garcia, Edelmiro Guatibiri Baez, Juana Grisel Nabori Martinez Prieto, Valeriana Shashira Rodriguez Valentin