“Actos de barbarie”: Eduardo Lalo defends Puerto Rico as a Spanish-speaking country (and, yes, part of Latin America)

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The seventh edition of the International Congress of the Spanish Language [VII Congreso Internacional de la Lengua Española (CILE)] took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from March 15 to 19, 2016. Approximately 150 specialists and writers (from thirty countries) participated, including the King and Queen of Spain, Felipe and Letizia, who presided over the opening session, along with Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla. This opening session provoked mixed reactions due to a few unfortunate comments. In one speech, Victor García de la Concha, director of the Cervantes Institute, stated that this was the first time that the CILE was not held in Latin America (ouch!). Then, King Felipe VI, referred to his visit to Puerto Rico as a visit to the United States, to “a place where a ‘mestizo’ Spanish alternates with English.” In “Actos de barbarie” [Acts of Barbarism*], published in El Nuevo Día

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