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Abogan en Cuba por liberación de patriota boricua Oscar López

por Prensa Latina

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La Habana, 25 abr (PL) El Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP) y la brigada de solidaridad Primero de Mayo, abogaron hoy aquí, por la liberación del independentista puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, encarcelado injustamente en Estados Unidos. (PLRadio)
En acto de bienvenida a más de 200 activistas de 34 países miembros del XI contingente de la referida brigada, la presidenta del ICAP, Kenia Serrano, exigió la liberación de López, el preso político más antiguo del hemisferio.

“Es hora de que el gobierno estadounidense de el indulto al destacado luchador puertorriqueño que cumplirá el próximo 29 de mayo 35 años de prisión. ÂíLibertad para Oscar López Rivera!”, reclamó.

Serrano convocó a los brigadistas de la brigada Primero de Mayo a unirse al comité de solidaridad por la liberación del mítico patriota boricua.

Por su parte, José Alfredo Pineda Dubón, destacado revolucionario salvadoreño y profesor de la Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, señaló que como el pueblo cubano, López Rivera es ejemplo de resistencia y de luchador inquebrantable por la definitiva independencia de su país.

Mientras Valeria Caballero, integrante del Comité de Solidaridad de Argentina con Cuba e Isaías Garzón, del de Colombia, se unieron a las voces de respaldo al llamado “Mandela latinoamericano”.

“Creo que el gobierno norteamericano debe liberar a López Rivera, quien solo pretende la independencia y soberanía total de Puerto Rico. Hombres como él merecen la admiración y el respeto de todos”, acotó Caballero.

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Carmen Yulín: “Vengo con nuevos bríos”

Así se siente tras visitar por tres días al prisionero político Oscar Rivera López

por Gloria Ruiz Kuilan, El Nuevo Dia

Luego de visitar por tres días consecutivos al prisionero político Oscar López Rivera, la alcaldesa de San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, reveló que la experiencia fue una “profunda” que le permitió renovar sus convicciones y sus esfuerzos para hacer un mejor Puerto Rico.
Cruz, que nunca había visitado al prisionero político, tuvo la oportunidad de conversar personalmente con él por primera vez el pasado sábado. Las visitas en la cárcel Terre Haute, de Indiana, se repitieron el domingo y este lunes. Ayer martes, cuando la alcaldesa regresó a la Isla, conversó en exclusiva con El Nuevo Díasobre sus encuentros que se prolongaron por más de cinco horas.
“Son muchas horas de conversaciones profundamente sencillas, pero profundamente personales y a veces en el fragor del debate partidista podemos perder de vista lo importante, que el debate de política pública es para el País. Estar en presencia de un hombre de San Sebastián, profundamente enamorado de su País, de que el futuro está en la unidad de propósito, le renueva a uno el deseo de colaborar mucho más para su excarcelación y de continuar tendiendo puentes dialogando, haciendo alianzas para que todos sintamos la misma esperanza”, destacó la alcaldesa conmovida aún por la “gran experiencia”.

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“Cuando uno está ante una persona que es profundamente amante de su patria, de la gente que compone esa patria, uno se da cuenta de la injusticia de esa encarcelación. Uno se da cuenta de que los que permanecemos fuera de esa cárcel, tenemos una gran responsabilidad de sacarlo de allí, que no nos podemos quejar. No hay excusa para perder la esperanza, para cansarse. Hay tiempo para, en conjunto, desarrollar una unidad de propósito. Pero solamente hay una dirección y es hacia adelante”, agregó.
Confesó que habló de diversos temas con el prisionero político y con la asistencia de la hija de este, Clarissa. López Rivera le habló mucho de la educación de su infancia en San Sebastián y de su juventud y adultez en el estado de Chicago.
“Hablar con Oscar López Rivera es hablar con un hombre lleno de esperanza. Es hablar con un hombre lleno de paz, con su conciencia tranquila. Es hablar con alguien que lo mismo te habla de la migración, de las mariposas monarcas como de su niñez en San Sebastián, de sus luchas en el barrio puertorriqueño, en Chicago para que los hijos e hijas de migrantes puertorriqueños tuviesen una educación digna que los preparara para el futuro. Es un extraordinario embajador de la educación. Es también mirarse en el espejo del País que podemos ser, un País solidario, un País que no depende de las diferencias y nos las usa como excusa para no trabajar juntos. Es un hombre que abraza a todo el mundo indistintamente de los ideales que ostente”, afirmó Cruz.

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Unanimous support for liberation of Oscar López Rivera

Meeting with president Barack Obama to be requested

by José A. Delgado, El Nuevo Dia

NEW YORK – In unanimity, three dozen Puerto Rican elected officials in the United States agreed yesterday to ask for a meeting with president Barack Obama to demand the liberation of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

“(Clarisa) your father will be in your arms this year. He will walk the streets of San Sebastián and Chicago this year,” said Democratic congressman Luis Gutiérrez (Illinois) to López Rivera’s daughter before dozens of Puerto Rican leaders at a meeting in Federal Hall, in the area of Wall Street.

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Led by Puerto Rican congressional representatives Gutiérrez, José Serrano (New York) and Nydia Velázquez (New York), and the speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark Viverito, some 30 elected officials had their first meeting after last October’s creation of the Caucus of Puerto Rican Elected Officials in the United States.

The session took place parallel to the activities of a summit in New York convened by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at the Hunter College School of Social Work and Health, located on the other side of the city in the old Puerto Rican neighborhood in Harlem.

At the meeting at Federal Hall, in the heart of Wall Street and where George Washington became president of the U.S. in 1789, state legislators and city council members from New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Illinois and other states attended.

The group included, among others, state legislators Marco Crespo, Gustavo Rivera and José Serrano, Jr. (New York), Victor Torres (Florida), Minnie González (Connecticut) and Angel Cruz (Pennsylvania).

Independently, the National Puerto Rican Agenda – comprised of elected officials as well as some fifty organizations from the diaspora -, also agreed to support the call for the release of López Rivera.

On May 29, the 73 years old López Rivera will mark the 35th anniversary of his arrest and imprisonment in U.S. prisons, having been convicted in 1981 of sedition and other charges due to his membership in the clandestine independentista group the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN).

Bearing in mind that his punishment has been disproportionate, the leadership of all the political parties in Puerto Rico, governor Alejandro García Padilla, the Puerto Rican legislature, and religious, civic and union leaders have supported the request that president Obama grant him clemency.

As part of the agreements, a Freedom Concert will take place in Washington, as well as a mobilization to support López Rivera, in Lafayette Park across from the White House, at some point during the month of September.

“It’s the first concrete thing the caucus of elected officials agreed to,” stated Gutiérrez, indicating that the recognition of Puerto Rico’s colonial situation by the Congress and the White House make it even more absurd to keep López Rivera in prison.

Organizaciones periodísticas reclaman libertad Oscar López

Varias organizaciones de Puerto Rico, Cuba y Argentina se unieron en reclamo para la liberación del prisionero político

por InterNewsService

Buenos Aires- La liberación del prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, encarcelado hace 34 años en Estados Unidos por conspiración sediciosa, fue reclamada en Argentina por varias organizaciones encabezadas por la Federación Latinoamericana de Periodistas (Felap).

Durante un encuentro convocado por la Unión de Trabajadores de la Prensa de Buenos Aires (Utpba), al que asistieron también representantes de la Unión de Periodistas de Cuba (UPEC) y de la Asociación de Periodistas de Puerto Rico (Asppro), se hizo un llamamiento al presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, para que conceda el indulto a López Rivera, de 73 años de edad.

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La periodista Lidia Fagale, secretaria general de Utpba, manifestó al dar la bienvenida a los asistentes el encuentro que los pueblos latinoamericanos y caribeños viven horas cruciales, por lo que hoy más que nunca se impone romper el aislamiento informativo a que se encuentran sometidos respecto a sus realidades.

“Encaminados a la divulgación y reflexión de nuestros problemas y luchas es que hemos emprendido en la Utpba, junto a las colegas periodistas Leticia Amato y Anahí Más, un aporte al sentido crítico con la creación del Centro de Integración Latinoamericano y Caribeño (CILC), a través del cual podamos mantener un sostenido intercambio de ideas”, dijo Fagale.

La dirigente gremial dijo que de este modo los periodistas-trabajadores de prensa, comunicadores, politólogos y representantes de movimientos sociales, académicos y estudiantes, entre otros, “podemos alentar el sentido crítico en la reflexión sobre la actual etapa histórica en nuestra región y en el mundo”.

En ese marco, dijo el presidente de la Felap, Juan Carlos Camaño, no podemos estar ajenos a los problemas de Puerto Rico, como es la permanencia en prisión de López Rivera o la crisis fiscal que tiene a su población frente a grandes dificultades, mientras Estados Unidos amenaza apretar su control en lugar de ayudar a soluciones en el marco del derecho internacional.

Tampoco podemos ignorar, mientras Obama habla de derechos humanos, que se mantiene el criminal bloqueo contra Cuba y que en una porción de su territorio, ocupada por Estados Unidos, hay una base con una prisión ilegal rechazada por el pueblo cubano, expresó el máximo dirigente de la Felap.

El periodista argentino recordó que la organización hemisférica nació bajo el lema “Periodismo libre en Patrias libres”, agenda inconclusa no sólo en el caso de Puerto Rico, sino de otros países de la región sometidos a una política de control imperial.

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The most recent one-on-one with Oscar López Rivera

by José A. Delgado, El Nuevo Día
April 11, 2016

Only when it’s raining does Oscar López Rivera reject the opportunity to go out to the yard during the only hour in the day he is allowed to be outside the four walls of the prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The rest of the time, it’s either freezing cold or insufferably hot, between eight and nine o’clock in the morning, López Rivera is breathing the fresh air of the U.S. midwest.

López Rivera, who has served 35 years in prison, avoids thinking about how much time he still has left to serve, in spite of the fact that president Barack Obama’s term is coming to an end. His petition for executive clemency has been pending for four and a half years.

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When he was arrested on May 29, 1981, López Rivera, a former militant in the clandestine group Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), never imagined he would have to spend 35 years in U.S. prisons.

The overwhelming consensus in Puerto Rico and internationally in support of the release of the longest serving political prisoner in American has not managed to accelerate a decision by president Obama.

After turning 73 years old last January, he thinks that under the Obama presidency the opportunity to be granted clemency and return to his hometown of San Sebastián won’t happen until after the November elections.

In 1999 López Rivera rejected president Bill Clinton’s offer of clemency, mainly because it did not include two of his compañeros. If he had accepted, he would have been freed in 2009.

Once Haydee Beltrán and Carlos Alberto Torres were released, in September of 2011 López Rivera submitted a petition for clemency to president Obama, an admirer of Nelson Mandela’s struggles for the liberation of Black South Africans.

López Rivera spoke with El Nuevo Día by telephone on March 31, after the Bureau of Prisons once again denied the request for an in-person interview.

Who has visited you recently? “My brother and Congressman Luis Gutiérrez were here on March 20.”

What did Gutiérrez say about your case? “We talked about a plan for activities (in support of his release) for September in Washington, including a concert. We also talked about the Puerto Rican government’s debt.”

Other visits?
“Wilma Reverón – co-chair of the National Hostosiano Independentista Movement (MINH) – and Noel Colón Martínez were also here. My daughter also came the following day.”

Did you think you would end up serving 35 years in prison? It’s almost half your life.
“I do not pay attention to the time. For me the important thing is how I use my time on a daily basis. I do not think about time like a prisoner.”

Did you think you would be in prison for 35 years?
“I never imagined it would last so long. I thought maybe 20 years at most. But you come to realize how the system functions.”

Will the window for your release be closed after the elections?
“We can go back to Jimmy Carter. I felt sure that Carter would release the five Nationalist heroes when he became president. First he freed Andrés Figueroa Cordero because of his medical condition. When Rafael Cancel Miranda’s father died, he allowed him to attend the funeral. When things like that happen, they give us an idea that the person is sensitive. Bill Clinton never refused to discuss the issue of the release of the political prisoners. With president Obama, it has been different; he always leaves
the topic ambiguous.”

The artist Lin Manuel Miranda advocated for your release when he was recently with president Obama. Different from other occasions, Obama said the issue is on his desk, which leads some to believe that the issue is already out of the Department of Justice. “I would not speculate. The president and the first lady admire this young man’s creativity. I have never heard of a show that has had such an impact
on the media as Hamilton has had.”

He’s a special kid. “I’ve followed what he has done since “In the Heights.” He seems like a
person who is very sure of himself, really creative, and who loves his profession.”

Previously, film maker Tito Román recorded a video of all the gubernatorial candidates supporting your release. “These are really creative things that have an impact on the media and touch a lot of people.”

Like many, resident commissioner Pedro Pierluisi thinks that now the opportunity for your release is after the November elections, to soften the possibility of a very bitter partisan battle.
“He is going to look for the moment when he will be the least compromised and least subject to attack. If he takes up the issue, he will do so after the elections, because he will definitely be strongly attacked. He is a person who doesn’t like to be attacked.”

On March 30, president Obama pardoned 61 people with drug convictions. As on other occasions when the president grants clemency, people are bothered that he hasn’t released you.
“I have been able to talk with a lot of people who have been convicted or released. I have seen their documents and the crass injustices done to people who did not deserve to spend so much time in prison. I understand the concern of people in Puerto Rico. It was very frustrating for me as
well during the time the Nationalists were in prison.”

Did you watch television coverage of Obama’s historic visit to Cuba?
“It is so very important that he went to Cuba. I think it is going to take some time, but the economic interests very strongly support opening that door. The future is going to be much better.”

It is said that the Cuban government has mentioned your case. Do you think they also called for the release of the Puerto Rican Ana Belén Montes? (Montes was convicted of espionage in 2002 for passing secrets to Cuba when she was an analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)).

“I am sure that Cuba will raise (the subject) or already raised it in their conversations. What she did was great for Cuba. She is in prison for helping Cuba, and Cuba has been faithful to people who have helped.”

There is much controversy on the Island about the Republican proposal to create a federal fiscal control board, which would limit local autonomy even further.
” I am completely opposed to it. It is the highest expression of colonialism and a sign of disrespect for the Puerto Rican people. This is a problem created by Washington. The problem is in Washington and Wall Street. The Puerto Rican people should not accept it. No Puerto Rican should doubt that we can solve our problems. To solve the economic problem, Puerto Rico needs to create an internal market.”

All this reflects a lack of political defenselessness.
“What a fiscal board is going to do is impose conditions that are going to affect even more the economy of Puerto Rico. For Puerto Rico to move ahead there must be an internal market controlled by Puerto Ricans. That board does not at all change the colonial relationship with Washington, but it is
also not an economic benefit for Puerto Rico. We need for them to respect the right of self-determination, and we need not to depend on the crumbs Washington gives us. John Paulson is in Puerto Rico because he knows he can extract huge profits. The same can be said for the hedge funds. What Puerto Rico should do is not accept the fiscal board.”

Do you perceive any interest in Washington to resolve the colonial problem?
“Washington’s practice is ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’.” I do not think they see any reason to make changes in Puerto Rico.”

But could this debate set off a movement for change in the political-juridical relationship with the U.S.?
“I think there is that possibility, if we get it together. It is a good moment for a change. The colonial relationship has become transparent. The Estado Libre Asociado (Commonwealth) was not created to resolve Puerto Rico’s problems. But neither the (federal) legislative or executive branch
is willing to take a position on statehood. I think that (resident commissioner) Pierluisi has been honest in this sense. He has said either annex Puerto Rico or decolonize Puerto Rico. I think there are a lot of
people like him in both principal parties.”

In December in the U.S. Supreme Court, the attorney general recognized that the ELA (free associated state) never changed Congress’ plenary powers over the Island. Isn’t that a vindication of the clandestine independentistas movements that struggled against colonialism?

“Sure. But the problem is that it is still Washington that defines us. But if Washington does not think that (the colonial relationship) is broken, they are not going to move. They are not proposing the creation of a Puerto Rican structure so that Puerto Ricans are the ones who will deal with the
problem.”

Will the U.S. Supreme Court, now divided between four liberals and four conservatives, solve it? “I do not see how the four conservative justices are going to make a decision that would be beneficial to deal with the status or that they can take a position against Congress.”

You are a fan of the Chicago Cubs in the U.S. major league baseball, and they say this year will be your team’s year. Your defenders say this year will also be your year.
“I hope that early in the season, as they have done, they show that they are a good team. Now I am a Cubs fan even though they are doing poorly.”

What other message would you like to send to Puerto Rico?
“That people should stay strong, as we are a creative people. If we struggle, we can transform Puerto Rico, decolonize it and create a nation worthy of our people. I have no doubt about it. Puerto Rico has enough human resources to emerge from this crisis.”

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CONCURSO DE FOTOGRAFÍA “Libertad Oscar”

La Organización de Solidaridad de los pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina OSPAAAL y el Comité Internacional Paz, Justicia y Dignidad a los pueblos, convocan al concurso de fotografía, LIBERTAD PARA OSCAR LOPEZ.

Tema. Libertad Para Oscar López
Bases del Concurso
1.- Podrán participar fotógrafos o aficionados cubanos o extranjeros residentes en cuba.
2.- Podrán presentarse un máximo de 3 fotografías por participante.
3.- Los trabajos deberán ajustarse al tema propuesto ” Libertad para Oscar López.Deben ser de 8 pulgadas (20.32 centímetros) por 12 pulgadas (30.48 centímetros). Puede ser horizontal o vertical. La resolución debe ser mínima 150 o un máximo de 200. Puede ser a color, sepia o blanco y negro. Las fotografías pueden ser editadas en algún programa o no, a discreción del artista. En la composición de las fotografías debe haber alguna referencia a la libertad o regreso de Oscar, puede ser un escrito o alguna referencia a su excarcelación. De igual forma el artista puede establecer en el título de su obra el reclamo de su libertad; este título se imprimiría con la fotografía.

Los autores deberán identificarse con el nombre y apellidos. Las obras deberánunnamed enviarse la siguiente dirección, calle C no 670 entre 27 y 29 Vedado, dirección electrónica, comercial@tricontinental.cu y documentación@tricontinental.cu, teléfonos 78305510,78303177 y deberán identificarse con el siguiente nombre: Concurso de fotografía Libertad para Oscar López.
. Un Jurado integrado por profesionales de la fotografía, y personas relacionadas con la campaña Libertad para Oscar, evaluará los trabajos en concurso. Se otorgarán tres premios y cuantas menciones se considere. Su veredicto será inapelable. Una selección de las obras serán expuestas en Exposición Colectiva. Los autores premiados y todos los participantes recibirán diploma acreditativo.
Todas las piezas pasarán a engrosar el archivo histórico de la OSPAAAL y del Comité Internacional Paz Justicia y Dignidad a los pueblos
El plazo de admisión cerrará el 30 de junio de 2016.
La participación en el Concurso implica la aceptación por parte del autor de que las fotos enviadas serán incluidas en los archivos, bien en soporte papel. Asimismo, los participantes ceden los derechos de reproducción de sus obras a la OSPAAAL, citando al autor de las mismas y siempre que sea sin fines lucrativos.
Las fotos presentadas deberán ser inéditas, no aceptándose aquellas que ya
hayan participado en otros concursos o que hayan sido premiadas con anterioridad.

Premios:

Primer premio: Diploma y una Cámara Nikon COOLPIX P530 Digital Camera La cámara incluye el bolso para guardarla y una tarjeta SanDisk 16GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC.
Segundo premio: SanDisk 16GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card.
Tercer premio: SanDisk 16GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card.
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El fallo del concurso se hará público en julio de 2016. Con anterioridad se comunicará individualmente a los premiados. Este fallo será inapelable.
La participación en el concurso implica la aceptación de todas y cada una de las bases del mismo. La organización queda facultada para resolver cualquier contingencia no prevista en las Bases.

Comité Organizador

René Pérez Addresses Puerto Rico Issues and Calls For Release of Oscar Lopez Rivera At Bernie Sanders Rally

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At St. Mary’s Park in South Bronx, René Pérez, aka Residente, introduced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Before that, he delivered an impassioned speech about what Puerto Rico deserves.
“Tonight, I’m not here to talk about economic issues, because I’m not an economist,” he began. “I’m not here to talk about our right to free, quality education or our right to free and accessible health care… I could speak of the racial injustices that people are suffering in this country and in the rest of the world, and of the need for comprehensive immigration reform. All of these are serious issues in America, but today, I came to speak briefly about the history of Puerto Rico and a little bit
about the history of Latin America and why I’m here tonight in support of Bernie Sanders.”
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t into the history of his native land, explaining that as a colony of the United States, the island has suffered many injustices. He said that doctors subjected Puerto Ricans to medical experiments, and that the island’s land didn’t fare better.
“From 1941 until 2003, on the island of Vieques, the United States Navy undertook a series of experiments on different biological and chemical weapons while using the island as a bombing range,” he said. “To this day, the land and people of Vieques have not fully recovered from this devastation. There’s a Puerto Rican, a political prisoner, who has been incarcerated for over 34 years – longer than Nelson Mandela. His name: Oscar Lopez Rivera, and he deserves to be free today.”
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There are political prisoners in Cuba, but also in the USA

by Albor Ruiz, Aldia

Forget Venice, Paris, Barcelona and New York, the hot spot for travelers this year is La Habana.

Not even the controversy about the existence of political prisoners in Cuba has made a dent in the enthusiasm of millions of people across the world for visiting the island’s beguiling capital and beautiful beaches.
“What political prisoners?” President Raúl Castro responded to a CNN reporter who asked him if in Cuba people were put in jail for political reasons, during a joint press conference with President Obama last March 21 in Havana.

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“Clearly there still are people detained (in Cuba) for political reasons,” countered State Department spokesman John Kirby in Washington when asked about Castro’s statement.
Whatever the case may be, clearly people are not discouraged from traveling to places said to hold political prisoners. Otherwise, a great many countries that currently are favorite tourist destinations would see the number of visitors reduced to a trickle. And among them is good old U.S. of A.
Hard as it may be to accept, some of the oldest political prisoners in the world are not in Cuba, China, Russia, Iran or Venezuela, but here, in this country, an injustice that President Obama can right by freeing them.
Oscar López Rivera is one of those prisoners. On May 29 the 73-year-old Puerto Rican will mark 35 years in U.S. federal prisons, 13 of them in solitary confinement. His crime? Fighting for independence for his homeland.
A Vietnam veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery, López Rivera was not accused of harming anyone, only of “seditious conspiracy” related to his connection to FALN, a Puerto Rican nationalist group. He was not charged with participating in any of the bombings attributed to the FALN in the 1970s and 1980s.
As Jan Sussler, López Rivera’s attorney told CNN, “Oscar López is an obvious example of a political prisoner in the U.S. If the President wanted to pardon him today, he can do it. He has been punished for his bravery. He’s serving a 70-year sentence but he never killed anybody. There is no blood on his hands.”
People of every political persuasion and many different nationalities believe he should be freed.
“Oscar long ago paid his debt to society. He is not a terrorist and he didn’t harm anyone. After 34 years, it is long past the time to release Oscar,” has said Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.)

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Pierluisi cree que Oscar López será de los últimos en ser indultados por Obama

por Frances Rosario/Primera Hora

El comisionado residente en Washington, Pedro Pierluisi, opinó este miércoles que el momento idóneo para que el presidente estadounidense Barack Obama le conceda un indulto al preso boricua Oscar López es al final de este año, cuando culmine su incumbencia.

“Pienso que un momento idóneo para que el presidente conceda la misma sería al final de su incumbencia. Ojalá así sea”, afirmó el también presidente del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) en una conferencia de prensa.
La afirmación la hizo al reaccionar a los 61 indultos concedidos este miércoles por el presidente Obama a convictos por sustancias controladas, algunos de los cuales cumplían cadenas perpetuas.

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Pierluisi recordó que durante su incumbencia como comisionado residente ha realizado gestiones periódicas para lograr la excarcelación de López, quien lleva 34 años cumpliendo una sentencia por conspiración sediciosa.
Recientemente, el actor boricua Lin Manuel Miranda cuestionó a Obama sobre el indulto del boricua y supuestamente el presidente le respondió que tenía el caso en su escritorio.

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Legislatura en Holyoke pide liberación de Oscar López

El Concejo Municipal aprobó una resolución anoche

por EL NUEVO DIA

WASHINGTON- El Concejo Municipal de Holyoke (Massachusetts) aprobó anoche por unanimidad una resolución en respaldo a que el presidente Barack Obama otorgue clemencia al prisionero político puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera.
Según el canal 22 (WWLP) de Massachusetts, proponentes de la excarcelación de López Rivera, convicto por sedición debido a su vinculación con el grupo clandestino Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), se congregaron anoche en la alcaldía para observar la votación.

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“Lo que esta resolución hace es pedirle al presidente Barack Obama que otorgue un indulto y libere a Oscar López, que es un prisionero político de Estados Unidos, que ha pedido libertad para Puerto Rico”, indicó el concejal municipal Nelson Román.
López Rivera solicitó clemencia al presidente Obama desde septiembre de 2011 y cumple 35 años de cárcel el mes próximo.