The Orlando Chapter marched the streets of Orlando, Florida yesterday in support of the release of Oscar López Rivera. Yesterday marked the 31st anniversary of the incarceration of Oscar who is the longest held political prisoner in the world. NBHRN members and supporters began their march from Lake Eola to the Orlando City Hall Plaza where an emotional Candlelight Vigil ended the evening with hope for Oscar’s immediate release.
During Tuesday’s events, 31 Marchers were handcuffed representing the 31 years of Oscar’s unjust incarceration. All 31 participants voiced their support for Oscar in an emotional plea for justice. In addition, a letter recently written by Oscar was read where Oscar expressed his sincere gratitude for the community’s continued support for his liberation. Others recited poetry and voiced their organizations’ and personal support for the immediate release of Oscar. However, one the highlights of the evening was the attendance and participation of New York State Assemblyman, Jose Rivera. Rivera flew in all the way from New York to participate, videotape, and support the NBHRN Chapter’s effort to publicize the plight of Oscar Rivera López.