Historic Photo of the Day: Puerto Ricans arrested as “Communists” and “suspected Nationalists”

History ….. not at its best! The “Muzzle Law” …. Arrests galore, by order of the governor! SMH …


War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

Immediately after the Nationalist Revolution of October 1950, Gov. Luis Muñoz Marín ordered the mass arrest of anyone in the Nationalist Party.

He also ordered the arrest of anyone affiliated with, or “suspected” of being, a Nationalist.

Gov. Muñoz Marín had passed a law in 1948 – known as Law 53, the Law of the Muzzle or Ley de la Mordaza – which made it a felony to sing La Borinqueña, talk about independence, criticize the US government, or own a Puerto Rican flag.

Under the authority of Law 53, Muñoz Marín demanded the widespread arrest of “suspected” Nationalists.

The men and women you see in the image below, were among the 3,000 “suspects” arrested by Muñoz Marín’s insular police force.

Throughout these arrests, all over the island, the soldiers lined Puerto Ricans up against the walls.

They pointed rifles and machine guns at them, accused them of being…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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