The Town Scryer is a mixed bag of humor, socio-political observations and ephemera from the perspective of a eclectic Pagan veteran of the counter-culture.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Not Quite Guy Fawkes
Lolita Lebrón being arrested after the armed assault at the House of Representatives in Washington D.C., on March 1, 1957.
She was part of a group of Puerto Rican Nationalists who organized to commit a number of attacks on several locations in the U.S. capital city. They were protesting Puerto Rico’s colonial status and proclaiming the desire of independence. At the moment of her arrest, she shouted: “I did not come to kill anyone, I came to die for Puerto Rico!”.
She served 25 years of prison, before a pardon was issued by president Jimmy Carter in 1979. On her return to Puerto Rico, she was received by many as an heroine. She continued to be actively involved in the independence cause until her health prevented it. She died on August 1, 2010 at the age of 90.