Puerto Rico: Permit Me to Leave

The chant echoed like a thundering pulse beat: "Cuatro más! Cuatro más! —Four more! Four more!" On the banner-draped platform in Mayagüez one day last week, the top leaders of Puerto Rico's Popular Democratic Party watched tensely as the bearlike man at the microphone motioned for quiet. Then came the news: "I want to return to what created the Popular Democratic Party 25 years ago, to what liberated the energy that constructed the Puerto Rico of today. I want to return to the school, to the farmyard, to the hearts of the...

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