Wednesday, May 29, 2024

When the People Rise, the Tyrants Kneel


Commemorating the Jayuya Insurrection

Caption and poster credits: Fireworks.
Additional documentation thanks to Freedom Archives

On October 30, 1950 the Nationalist Party led an anti-colonial insurrection in Puerto Rico to protest colonial occupation and the designation of Puerto Rico as a free associated state. The main fighting, led by Blanca Canales, took place in Jayuya. Thus October 30th is known as the Jayuya Rebellion or the Grito de Jayuya. Although not well known in the US, as a result of the uprising the US bombed and destroyed the town of Jayuya.  In the aftermath, hundreds, including Pedro Albizu Campos, were arrested and imprisoned for many years.

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