Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952514 | Print ISBN: 9780761927310 | Online ISBN: 9781412952514| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Puerto Rican Nationalists
Martin G. Urbina
Between 1980 and 1985, 30 Puerto Rican nationalists were accused of conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government in Puerto Rico using armed force. A few others were arrested and prosecuted in the mid-1990s. According to government officials, the nationalists were supporters of the Armed National Liberation Front (FALN), which they claimed was responsible for staging more than 130 bomb attacks on political and military targets in the United States. Most of these attacks occurred in New York and Chicago between 1974 and 1983 and left six people dead and several wounded. Ten of the 14 men and women arrested between 1980 and 1983 received sentences ranging from 50 to 90 years, an average of 70.8 years for the convicted men and 72.8 years for the convicted women. These prison terms were 19 times longer than the average sentence given out the same year for crimes such as murder and rape. ...