Saturday, October 24, 2009

Río Piedras Massacre

Puerto Rico's independence movement has existed for several centuries now, advocating independence of the island from Spain and then from the U.S. Unfortunately, the independence movement has had its violent moments. Today marks one of those moments.

On October 24, 1935, four Nationalists supporters were killed by police guns. The claim being that these individuals were at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (UPRRP) to break up a meeting, by university students, with armed action. The students had felt insulted by a speech given by Pedro Albizu Campos. In an attempt to arrest the individuals, shooting ensued and the four Nationalist were killed in what is remembered as "Rio Piedras Massacre".

  • Ramón S. Pagán
  • Eduardo Rodríguez Vega
  • José Santiago Barea
  • Pedro Quiñones

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