On October 24, 1935, on orders from Police Chief E. Francis Riggs, the police murdered three Nationalists in Rio Piedras, PR.
It became known as the Rio Piedras Massacre.
Two days after the massacre, Police Chief Riggs convened a press conference, where he declared “War against all Puerto Ricans.”
On February 23, 1936, two Nationalists returned the favor, by killing Police Chief Riggs.
The two Nationalists – Elias Beauchamp and Hiram Rosado – were taken to the San Juan police precinct, and executed in the precinct.
Just before being killed, Hiram Rosado yelled, “disparen para que vean como muere un hombre!”
The image above, shows the funeral procession for Rosado and Beauchamp – one Hearse for each body.
Nearly 70,000 people swarmed through the streets of San Juan that day.
They were not in a good mood, and the police stayed away from them.