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I’d never read about this before. March 24, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Genuinely fascinating piece of US and Puerto Rican political history.

More on that here

And did you know about this?

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1. CL - March 24, 2016

“On Palm Sunday, March 21, 1937, police shot and killed 21 Puerto Ricans and wounded over 200 others taking part in a peaceful march to protest Albizu Campos’ imprisonment”
http://www.democracynow.org/2015/4/21/war_against_all_puerto_ricans_inside

Albizu Campos was influenced by the Irish struggle and met with De Valera in the U.S.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_L%C3%B3pez_Rivera

“Two other jailed members of the radical group, known as F.A.L.N., the Spanish initials for the Armed Forces of National Liberation, refused to accept the President’s offer to commute their sentences. Mr. Clinton demanded as one of the conditions of their release that the jailed Puerto Ricans renounce the use of terrorism to achieve their aim of independence for the Caribbean commonwealth.”
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/08/us/12-imprisoned-puerto-ricans-accept-clemency-conditions.html?pagewanted=all

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2. roddy - March 24, 2016

Was Campos not a “populist nationalist”?!

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CL - March 24, 2016

Very likely

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3. CL - March 24, 2016

“Mr. Morales is a reputed leader of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional, or Armed Forces of National Liberation, a resilient band of terrorists who have claimed responsibility for 120 bombings that have killed five people and caused $3.5 million in damage in New York and other cities since 1974 in the name of independence for Puerto Rico.”
http://www.nytimes.com/1983/05/28/nyregion/fugitive-puerto-rican-terrorist-arrested-in-mexico.html

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CL - March 24, 2016

Morales rejoined FALN in Chicago, but as his injuries made him recognizable, he eventually fled to Mexico, where Hahn and the FBI tracked him down. Morales and a bodyguard killed a policeman there, but after serving five years in prison, Morales walked free and fled to Cuba.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/21/cuba-us-thaw-fugitives-william-morales

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4. CL - March 24, 2016

“The island’s sustained outmigration and low fertility rates have helped push its population below 1990 levels, when 3.52 million people lived on the island.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/03/24/historic-population-losses-continue-across-puerto-rico/

Meanwhile on the bond front:

“The Treasury had recommended that Puerto Rico give pension payments to retired government workers priority over payments to bondholders, but lawmakers rejected that approach.

Rearranging the existing payment priorities “would have serious consequences on the broader municipal bond market and existing creditor-to-debtor relationships,” the summary said.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/business/dealbook/plan-to-rescue-puerto-rico-advances-led-by-house-republicans.html

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