Puerto Rico FALN

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An act of terrorism is instilling fear into the public by the use of violence against civilians or noncombatants to change policy or practice. Terrorism consists of non-state actors that are ideologically motivated against victims symbolic of the group. There have been many terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. One group that has attacked on U.S. soil is Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriquena (Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation, FALN). Being active from 1974 to 1983, FALN was in favor of independence for Puerto Rico. Obtaining independence for all Puerto Ricans by using military-like tactics or training, was their main priority. FALN was a 1970s Marxist–Leninist militant group. Their goal was to transform Puerto Rico…show more content…
On Friday January 24, 1975, 1:20 in the afternoon, FALN bombed the Fraunces Tavern in New York City. The explosion killed four people, more than sixty people were injured and the damage exceeded more than $300,000. No criminal action was taken. The bomb was created with ten pounds of dynamite and was placed into a suitcase and left in the hallway of the Tavern entrance. Near the explosion was a phone booth and inside was a note left by FALN stating, “we … take full responsibility for the especially detonated (sic) bomb that exploded today at Fraunces Tavern, with reactionary corporate executives inside”(Bovsun, 2012). The note also stated the reason why they acted on this attack. FALN wanted revenge after three people were killed and eleven people were injured, one being a child in a restaurant in Puerto Rico that was bombed from the instruction of the CIA. (Sater & RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA, 1981, p. 6) Another attack that happened in New York City were the four bombings that took place on Wednesday April 2, 1975, all within a forty minute time frame. The locations of the bomb attacks were 51 Madison Avenue, the New York Life Insurance Company, 45 East Forty-Ninth Street, the Bankers Trust Company plaza, 340 Park Avenue South, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company headquarters and 5 West Forty-Sixth Street, the Blimpie Base restaurant. Only five people were injured from all four

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