Unresolved Tensions in the Puerto Rican Guerrilla: The Case of the Revolutionary Independence Movement in Arms (MIRA)

  • Alejandro Schneider Universidad de Buenos Aires. Universidad Nacional de La Plata


Puerto Rico, between the 1960s and 1980s, experienced a broad cycle of protests in favor of the emancipation of the United States, some of them expressed themselves through the armed struggle. The article seeks to outline the political itinerary of the Revolutionary Independence Movement in Arms (MIRA) between 1967 and 1971.

To this end, a comprehensive review of this group is carried out through the analysis of its mobilization strategy, its internal structure and its ideology. This explains a series of internal tensions that MIRA had during those years. Prior to the study of these variables, the research observes certain elements that help to understand the national and international historical conjuncture of the development of this movement. For this writing, the use of primary documents was favored over the scarce bibliography edited on the subject.

Among other issues, it is concluded that, although MIRA drew on an important nationalist tradition, it also incorporated numerous contributions from Marxism-Leninism in its ideological baggage and in its organizational formation; which led to tensions within it.

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