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Puerto Ricans Push Obama to Free Oscar López Rivera, Independence Activist Jailed for 35 Years | Democracy Now!

24.12.16

Puerto Ricans Push Obama to Free Oscar López Rivera, Independence Activist Jailed for 35 Years | Democracy Now! - Over 100,000 people have signed a petition urging President Obama to grant clemency to Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who has been imprisoned for about 35 years, much of the time in solitary confinement. In 1981, López Rivera was convicted on federal charges, including seditious conspiracy—conspiring to oppose U.S. authority over Puerto Rico by force. In 1999, President Bill Clinton commuted the sentences of 16 members of the FALN, but López Rivera refused to accept the deal because it did not include two fellow activists, who have since been released. We speak to Oscar’s brother José López Rivera and Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council.


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