Official Statement of the Equality Commission

(March 9th, 2020 – San Juan, P.R.) – The Equality Commission repudiates the remarks made by former Governor of Puerto Rico and current Candidate for the Resident Commissioner Position of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD per its Spanish acronym), Aníbal Acevedo Vilá to undermine the exercise of democracy and the right to vote of the people of Puerto Rico.

In a video published on social media, Acevedo Vilá made remarks that urged and encouraged his supporters to commit a crime by suggesting that the upcoming Puerto Rico Plebiscite ballots to determine the political status of the island be either “burned or stolen”.

It is unfortunate that a former Governor and current candidate made these remarks at a time when it is imperative for the recovery of the island to be transparent about processes that might have an impact on the future of Puerto Rico.

These expressions exemplify the ongoing identity crisis of the opposition party that continues to resort to attacking our institutions by undermining our right to vote. The Equality Commission will continue to advocate strong, steady, and steadfast for the statehood formula for Puerto Rico. The U.S. citizens residing in the island deserve equality.

Our priority will continue to be to protect the right to vote for a viable option to end Puerto Rico’s colonial status and advocate on behalf of the 3.2 million U.S. citizens that call the island home.

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