The entire Press Corps witnessed a pretty strange event this evening – the arrest of every single member of the Puerto Rican Committee, after one person was dragged out kicking and screaming. The Model UN Security marched in and ten people were expelled from the committee. They were, of course, immediately surrounded by fifteen newspaper correspondents and were outnumbered. The Guardian’s reporters weren’t sure how they managed to hear all the questions that were bombarded at them, because everyone was yelling at the top of their voice.
One member begged a Press correspondent to “take me with you! Please, take me with you!”. When she said, “Um… No. I can’t,” he held the pair of scissors in his hands to neck and said, very dramatically, “I am going to kill myself.” Another member, when asked if he had a lawyer or legal team, said quite happily, “No.” When he was told to get one, he said, “I got into HMUN. I think I can defend myself.”
Other Puerto Rican delegates struggled to answer what this would mean for Puerto rico. The Guardian can’t exactly figure out why these Puerto Ricans were arrested. Their answers didn’t give any of that intel away. But one message was clear: the Puerto Rican committee is probably fun.