President Barack Obama's trip to Puerto Rico earlier today was significant for a variety of reasons. Obama is the first U.S. president to visit the country in a half-century. With courting Latino voters likely to be a campaign priority next year, the trip has very clear political implications for the president.
But, his visit was significant for another reason: It coincided with the Independence Party's public burning of the American flag. According to the party's official web site:
Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States since 1898, as a result of the Spanish-American War. As part of that War, the United States Armed Forces invaded Puerto Rico on July 25, 1898. Puerto Ricans are still struggling to attain sovereignty and independence.
That's code for: Puerto Rican separatist group. Below, watch what appears to be party loyalists burn the American flag to shreds:
Video courtesy of Latino Rebels.