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Ojeda lives on!

September 27, 2005

September 23rd marked the 137th anniversary of the insurgency of Lares in Puerto Rico, the attempt to gain independence from Spain in 1868. While the pro-independence movement celebrated, FBI assassins surrounded the home of nationalist leader Filiberto Ojeda, and proceeded to brutally attack him and his wife. Ojeda went into hiding 15 years ago after being charged for the 7.2 million dollar robbery of a Wells Fargo truck in Connecticut in 1985. This money was used to finance the independence movement of Puerto Rico, and for charity in poor Latin communities in the U.S. The murder and circumstances surrounding his death were initially concealed by the FBI. At the time of the ambush, Puerto Rican government agencies were forbidden from entering the area and news media and press were denied access. While the events that transpired were not recorded, protesters and mourners are taking to the streets armed with their own visual media.

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