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05--03-11 Antonia Martínez Lagares (1950-1970)

05--03-11 Antonia Martínez Lagares (1950-1970)

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Published by William J Greenberg
El 4 de marzo de 1970 durante protestas estudiantiles contra la presencia de reclutadores militares en ls UPR Rio Piedras y su frente de entrenamiento ROTC, las autoridades universitarias piden que se movilice la policía para suprimir las demostraciones. Antonia que observa los acontecimientos desde el balcón de su hospedaje, ve cuando un policía agrede sin compasión a un estudiante y le grita que lo deje y que no abuse mas. Por respuesta el policía le dispara al rostro, asesinándola.
El 4 de marzo de 1970 durante protestas estudiantiles contra la presencia de reclutadores militares en ls UPR Rio Piedras y su frente de entrenamiento ROTC, las autoridades universitarias piden que se movilice la policía para suprimir las demostraciones. Antonia que observa los acontecimientos desde el balcón de su hospedaje, ve cuando un policía agrede sin compasión a un estudiante y le grita que lo deje y que no abuse mas. Por respuesta el policía le dispara al rostro, asesinándola.

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News and commentary on Caribbean culture, literature, and the arts
Antonia Martínez Lagares (1950-1970)
Although belated, I wanted to render tribute to the memory of Antonia (Antonia MartínezLagares), the now emblematic figure, who still represents in a tragic way, the University of Puerto Rico’s ongoing struggle for dignity. A student at the University of Puerto Rico-RíoPiedras (UPR-RP), the 20-year-old education student born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, waskilled by a police officer on March 4, 1970. She died during protests organized bytheFederación Universitaria Pro Independencia (FUPI) and the Comité de AcciónFemenina Universitaria (CAFU) [Pro-Independence University Federation and theUniversity Women’s Action Committee] against the presence of the ROTC (ReserveOfficers Training Corps) on campus.Martínez was one of two UPR-RP students to dieduring rioting in the early 70s.
 
“On March 4, 1970, during conflicts caused when the riot police was sent to UPR-RP campus tocontrol students protesting the presence of ROTC presence on the campus, Antonia looked fromher lodging’s balcony, on the second floor above Ponce de León Avenue. While police officersbeat down other fellow students, she shouted at them ‘
Asesinos
’ [Assassins]. One of the policeofficers looked up at the balcony, took out his gun and shot her. The bullet pierced her head andinjured in the neck another student that was standing with her. Antonia died soon after at AuxilioMutuo hospital. Celestino Santiago, the other wounded student, told the events and identifiedsome of the present police officers. After that, a police officer was accused, but was absolved ontrial.Later on, on the declarations of some police agents to the Senatorial Juridical Commission of Puerto Rico on the investigations of theCerro Maravilla Incident case, a police agent denounced the cover-up by the Police Department and the FBI of the murder of Antonia Martínez, declaringthat in order to cover the case, a police officer that had nothing to do with it was accused so hewould be absolved. The murderer was protected and has never been tried before a court for thiscrime.”

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