Today in history: March 1, 1954 - Four Puerto Rican nationalists demanding independence for Puerto Rico - a U.S. colony still to this day - shot 30 rounds from semi-automatic pistols from the visitors gallery of the House of Representatives chamber in the U.S. Capitol.
Lolita Lebrón, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andres Figueroa Cordero, and Irving Flores Rodríguez - unfurled a Puerto Rican flag and began shooting. The four were captured and given long prison sentences, effectively life imprisonment. In the face of a powerful movement demanding their freedom, after decades in prison in 1978 and 1979 they were released by President Carter; they returned to Puerto Rico and were welcomed as heroes. The struggle for Puerto Rican independence continues.
(image: mural in Spanish Harlem in New York honoring Lolita Lebron and the fight for Puerto Rican independence)
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