“La Princesa” prison … “What happened to Puerto Ricans – in the prisons, the sugarcane fields, on the operating tables of Dr. Cornelius Rhodes, the millions of women who were sterilized, the millions of children who grew up undernourished, the millions of Puerto Ricans forced to leave their homeland and work in U.S. sweatshops for sub-human wages – none of this is memorialized by the United States.”
Out of sight, out of mind …. “It’s only Chinatown” …..
One of the best ways to hide something, is to hide it in plain sight, and call it something else. The “Puerto Rico Tourism Company” is a perfect example.
It used to be La Princesa prison. Here is a photo of the spruced-up prison:
They gave it a fresh paint job, planted a few trees and bushes…and now instead of swallowing prisoners, it welcomes tourists to Puerto Rico.
Very few of these tourists have any idea of the atrocities that were committed inside this “tourism” building. Here is one of the old prison cells in La Princesa…
There was a cell full of thousands of bedbugs, called the caja de chinches.
A “difficult” prisoner would be locked inside it for a few days…until he passed out from loss of blood and was no longer “difficult.”
There were also solitary confinement cells called calabozos.
This is where most…
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