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12-14-2002, 01:46 AM
I'm aware that in 1954 Puerto Rican separatists stormed a session of the US Congress and shot five congressmen, but that's all I know. I'm curious as to the rest of the story. Any good online articles? Thanks in advance.
12-14-2002, 10:07 AM
According to this story (http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~delacova/puertorico/macheteros.htm) from 1998, there were four assailants, and the five members of Congress were only wounded.
Thank you, Google.
12-14-2002, 10:09 AM
And by "only wounded," I mean that I read "shot" in the OP as "killed." Silly me.
Here's another retrospective account (http://www.mndaily.com/daily/1996/05/01/news/rafael/).
12-14-2002, 12:38 PM
If you ever watch C-Sapn's coverage of the House of Representatives, you'll see they have these tan chairs with high backs. The backs are actually filled with bullet-proof material so that if someone starts shooting the members can duck behind the chairs. That's at least one result of the attack.
12-14-2002, 02:01 PM
Several years earlier, there was an assassination attempt against President Truman by members of a different Puerto Rican separatist group. http://www.trumanlibrary.org/trivia/assassin.htm
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