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
Author: Arlin Alberty Loforte | firstname.lastname@example.org
november 13, 2017 09:11:12
Photo: Ismael Batista
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.”
Two peoples united by fraternity and solidarity
On March 8, 1966, a Puerto Rican mission was inaugurated in Havana by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, and Puerto Rican independence activist, Juan Mari Bras. The mission works to demand the decolonization of the Caribbean nation, as well as an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba
Author: Nuria Barbosa León | email@example.com
july 7, 2016 09:07:0
During the ceremony at ICAP, the Puerto Rican independence movement repeated their demand for the release of political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, unjustly incarcerated for over 35 years for his support of Puerto Rican independence. Photo: ICAP
A strong history of fraternity and solidarity unites Cuba and Puerto Rico, demonstrated by the presence in Havana for over 50 years, of a mission from the sister nation, sole representative of Puerto Rico’s independence movement on the island.
Inaugurated March 8, 1966 by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz and Puerto Rican independence activist Juan Mari Bras, the mission works to demand the decolonization of the Caribbean nation, subjected to five centuries of foreign domination, the last 118 by the United States.
The organization also directs its efforts to condemning the criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government on Cuba, and facilitating cultural exchanges between both peoples.
As such, it has contributed to enabling Puerto Rican students to study in Cuba, like Alberto Rodríguez Rivera, who has just completed his fifth year of Medicine at the University of Medical Sciences in the central province of Las Villas. The young Puerto Rican is grateful for the knowledge he has gained, not only in regards to his profession but also life.