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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

Lolita Lebron

On March 1, 1954, four members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party walked into the visitor’s gallery of U.S. Congress. They opened fire on the politicians below, shooting 30 times and injuring 5 congressmen.
 
A woman named Lolita Lebron was their leader. She was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. During her trial she stated “I did not come to kill anybody. I came to die for my country.”
 

25 years later, in 1979, her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. Upon her release, she was received as a hero in Puerto Rico.
 
Here is a short documentary about Lolita Lebron. It is a bit one-sided, using the words “maniac” and “fanatic.” The same could be said about Patrick Henry and George Washington.
 

 

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Comments
  1. Paul Duottolo says:

    Shooting five congressmen is definitely a dramatic act. I didn’t know about this.

  2. Cedric McClester says:

    There is a lot of Puerto Rican history that I didn’t know — it is very dramatic, lots of life & death. Thank you for this information.

  3. Scott Burden says:

    THIS BLOG IS A KEEPER.

  4. Faith Bentley says:

    Excellent work! These documentary clips are great…and I love the JUAN BOBO stories.

  5. Joe Sanchez says:

    In regards to Lolita Lebron and her colleagues, one would have be a bobo, or obtuse, not to study the history of Puerto Rico, or “Porto Rico” as it was called back in 1898 after the Spanish American War, to assess and to realize Puerto Rico’s checkered past with the United States, and how its people were treated and considered inferior to the rest of America, plus the fact that flying the Puerto Rican flag was a crime until the law was changed. It’s been a struggle for the small and proud Island. It’s come a long way, and I’m proud to be a Puerto Rican American. -Joe Sanchez http://www.bluewallnypd.com

  6. Aurora Gandía says:

    There are great bits of history in this blog. Thank you, Juan Bobo.

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