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“So glad I got to know you. The times that we had I’ll keep like a photograph. I’ll hold you in my heart forever, I’ll always remember you…”

According to the Yankees owning one person makes you a scoundrel, but owning a nation makes you a colonial benefactor. Forty detectives follow me around, even to the toilet. Everywhere you look you see a Yankee army, navy, police and Yankee courts. But one day our patience will end…because [humans are] essentially free, and freedom is a force stronger than any empire on earth.
—  Pedro Albizu Campos

Listen to a rare English translation of a 1950 speech by Pedro Albizu Campos, popularly known as Don Pedro, the former head of the Nationalist Party and leader of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Today marks the 50th anniversary of his death. Visit for more coverage.

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Pedro Albizu Campos (September 12, 1891 – April 21, 1965) was the leader and president of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and avid advocate of Puerto Rican independence from the United States by whatever means necessary.