Oscar López Rivera arrives in Cuba: “I feel at home”
The Puerto Rican independence fighter was greeted at José Martí International Airport by Fernando González, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples
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november 13, 2017 09:11:12
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Puerto Rican independence fighter, Oscar López Rivera, was greeted at José Martí International Airport by Fernando González, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP).
Upon his arrival in Havana during the dawn hours today, November 13, the Puerto Rican patriot expressed his gratitude and affection for the Cuban people and government.
“I feel at home, this is a dream come true; for many, many years, I have wanted to come to Cuba and today for the first time I have arrived,” he said after receiving a warm embrace from decorated Hero of the Republic Fernando González, with whom he shared a cell for several years, when they were both unjustly incarcerated in the United States.
López, who was imprisoned for almost 36 years, convicted of “seditious conspiracy,” before being released May 17 this year, said he wished Cubans much strength, adding that the Puerto Rican people will always stand with Cuba.
“I am very encouraged to be able to enjoy some time with the Cuban people. I’m alive and kicking; at my age I believe I can work 14 or 15 hours a day. I feel good.”
OSCAR LÓPEZ RIVERA’S SENTENCE COMMUTED
Justice served after 35 years
After serving 35 years in jail in the United States, Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera’s sentence is set to expire on May 13, 2017, after it was commuted by President Barack Obama, yesterday, January 17
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january 18, 2017 12:01:51
The prison sentence of Puerto Rican independence fighter, Oscar López Rivera, who has spent the last 35 years in prison in the United States, will expire on May 17, after it was commuted by President Barack Obama, on January 17, according to media outlets citing a Whitehouse source.
A commutation or offer of clemency is the reduction of a prison sentence, either totally or partially; while a pardon represents complete or partial remission of a sentence issued by a court of law.
According to Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día, both commutations and pardons can be granted by the President or ruler of a country.
Obama also announced the commutation of another 208 sentences, including that of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst. Manning was convicted in 2010 of leaking thousands of documents related to U.S. military and diplomatic activities around the world, via WikiLeaks.
CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF PUERTO RICAN POLITICAL PRISONER
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November 24 – This month, 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar will rally in East Harlem in front of “La Placita” on East 116th Street and Park Avenue. Please join us at 4:00 pm sharp in a 33-minute action to create awareness among our communities here and help build a movement for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner OscarLópez Rivera.
Oscar’s daughter, Clarissa López, will be attending the 4:00 pm rally, as well as a community gathering and silent auction at Camaradas el Barrio, beginning at 5:00 pm.
About Oscar López Rivera
Oscar López Rivera Often described as the Nelson Mandela of our generation, Oscar is the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the history of the nation’s independence movement. Activists, singers, politicians, actors, students, religious leaders and lawyers the world over have called on President Barack Obama to exercise his Constitutional power of pardon, and to grant immediate and unconditional release to Oscar López Rivera.
About 33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar
33 Mujeres NYC x Oscar is a group of women from New York City committed to securing Oscar López Rivera’s freedom. We hold monthly rallies for 33 minutes on the last Sunday of every month from 4:00 – 4:33pm to signify the 33 years that Oscar has been imprisoned in federal penitentiaries, and will continue to hold monthly rallies until he is released. Our rallies coincide with actions occurring at the same date and time in San Juan, Puerto Rico that were initiated by 32 women in 2013 to mark Oscar’s 32nd year of imprisonment.
Sunday, November 30th
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
In front of “La Placita”
In front of “La Placita”
East 116th Street & Park Avenue