pepper spray

It’s Thanksgiving which means tables decorated with tiny porcelain figures of Native Americans sharing corn with pilgrims. It’s a holiday about being grateful, coming together, and being at peace but while we use caricatures of a great people, mainstream media ignores their cries for help. While we set tables with servings of food that are far too large, the original inhabitants of this great nation struggle to fight for clean drinking water and respect for their ancestors.

I’m not great at words but this issue is very dear to my heart so here’s some art.

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The last picture roughly translates to: “Abusive police officer Velazquez #24208 throws pepper spray in the face of Professor Bernat Tort, for the crime of trying to peacefully enter Capitol Hill. Today, Tuesday April 18, 2017. Share!!”
In the Puerto Rican constitution it is establish that the public has the right to be present in any of the Senate’s sessions.
So, that professor (my professor, btw) got pepper prayed for nothing….

By the way, in case you don’t know, Auditing the debt basically means, GET ME THE RECEIPTS. Who took the loans, who gave them, what was that money used on, how much of it was illegal and WHO is responsible for the illegal part of it?
All of this, because Puerto Rico is in a 70 BILLION dollar debt, and everything is worst than before. If we owe all that money, they why wasn’t that money used on public education? On Health Care? In fixing the roads?
That’s ALL we want. The government decided, with DOORS CLOSE, to eliminate the auditory group. The protest yesterday are only one of the many forms of protest going on right now in Puerto Rico. The students are leading the protest, and the media are painting us as the bad guys.

Yes, some people in yesterday’s protest threw PAINT at the police officers… and the governor dare say that that is a disrespectful act, but FAILED to mention the disrespectful act of the police, throw pepper spray at peaceful protesters. They fail to mention the police officer that hit a girl with a piece of wood so hard she apparently ended up at the hospital.

Please, do not turn your backs on this. The protest and strikes and violence isn’t half as bad as what is happening in a Venezuela, BUT, it is still pretty horrible. Please share, let it be known! If you want to know more, PLEASE message me. I’ll try to find articles in English if you need to. If not, I have tons of Spanish articles and resources.

We, the students, do not trust the traditional media and newspapers, because it is widely known that they are own by certain political parties. So my resources are independent media made by students and other civic groups.

This is your body on police brutality:

Pepper spray in the eyes burns 10 times worse than habanero pepper.

Tasers don’t electrocute, they scramble the electronic signal from brain to muscle.

Flash-bang grenades could blow your jaw off.

Rubber bullets are still fired out of shotguns.

And it doesn’t end there. There’s a program to decide what “nonlethal” weapons could kill you.

I’m seeing a lot on my dash today about the illegality of pepper spray and I really don’t know why it is illegal when it’s overwhelming used for self defence. People say “Oh but it could be used as an offensive weapon to blind someone in an attack” but if a criminal wanted to blind someone he would use any caustic spray in an attack instead. It’s the same principle as the gun problem, here where criminals can’t get guns they get knives instead.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while actually because a friend of mine had a stalker for a while and he openly attacked her when she was walking home from rugby one day. Thankfully this girl is tough as nails and she fought him off but what if he’d chosen someone who wouldn’t have been able to put up a fight? Someone who couldn’t defend themselves physically and had nothing else to use, like pepper spray, to even the odds.

This wouldn’t be as big an issue if you could rely on the police to protect you but even in the bad areas of town you hardly see any police on foot, you can’t rely on them to protect you on the street let alone any back alley or ginnel. If the police can’t protect you, what’s the sense in taking away something that lets women protect themselves?