Violence in Puerto Rico has its historical roots in the social institutions that the absence of the State in Puerto Rican life allowed to develop during the 17th and 18thcenturies, and the first decades of the 19th century. During that time, society became familiar with illegality, including smuggling and the reception of illegal immigrants, along with authoritarian practices by local powers, and the habitual disregard for the a State of Law.
When the Spanish State tried to impose regulations in the 19th century, daily resistance was substantial and sustained. Puerto Ricans have prolonged that attitude toward State initiatives because the State has always been a project of others, plotted by those who take turns ruling the country. Puerto Ricans have not decided to solve the status issue not because we suffer from indecision, but because we clearly do not want a strong State, of whatever kind, interfering in our lives.
Priest and History Professor
University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras
Author: Proyectos FPH
Published: February 18, 2009..
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