‘A colony is incompatible with democracy’: AOC leads new push for Puerto Rico self-determination

Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, along with two other Democrats, on Thursday introduced a new legislation seeking to create a bigger role for citizens of Puerto Rico in determining the future status of the US territory, including statehood and independence.

The bill proposes creating a “status convention” made up of delegates elected by Puerto Rican voters to come up with a long-term solution of its future and territorial arrangements with the US, potentially paving the way for sovereignty or full statehood for the island.

“A colony is incompatible with democracy,” said AOC while co-introducing the bill in the house. “It’s incompatible with full citizenship, and we should all be able to enjoy the right to vote for our leaders,” she said.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez also said the bill is as much about allowing Puerto Ricans to assert their political identity as it is “about the identity of the United States.”

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