1952 marked the conversion of Puerto Rico from a straight-up
colony to one disguised under the term "Free Associated State".
Two years after the supposed status change, four Nationalists walked into
the "ladies gallery" at the US Capitol and fired shots into
the air shouting, "Que Viva Puerto Rico libre!". The large star
on the flag represents Lolita Lebron and the rifles symbolize each of
the three men that accompanied her: Rafael Cancel Miranda, Irving Flores
and Andres Figueroa Cordero. The flags in the image are merging to symbolize
the limbo association state, but the guns pointing towards the American
flag represent the Nationalist Party's long trajectory of battling colonialism
and never allowing for full absorption through statehood, hence the fallling
stars of "old glory".