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Police Lieutenant José Nevárez Aquedo reports that on page five of the October 4, 1965 edition of El Mundo newspaper, a full page advertisement appeared, the title of which was “Puerto Rico llama a la conciencia de los Estados Unidos y del Mundo” [Puerto Rico appeals to the conscience of the United States and the World]. The text of the advertisement petitions the United Nations to put the colonial status of Puerto Rico (and political freedom) on the agenda of the organization to be discussed and resolved. Lorenzo Homar and Rafael Tufiño signed the petition.
This document is part of what was called a “dossier,” which consisted of reports by the Negociado de Investigaciones Especiales de la Policía [Office of Special Police Investigations] of Puerto Rico in which (in this particular case) Lorenzo Homar was listed as a member of the Socialist Party. From 1948 until the 1980s, the intelligence office kept suspected subversives under surveillance and harassed those who sympathized with the independence movement. The police dossiers recorded their participation in events, such asmeetings, marches, protests, and revolts. In those days many people and organizations were victims of anonymous accusations and persecution for their political ideas.