By Perla Franco
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The executive secretary of the Sao Paulo Forum, a regional organization of leftist parties and organizations, in its Circular 019-2012 passed a resolution supporting the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.
“We show our support for compañero Oscar López Rivera, who at 69 years old has been in prison in the U.S. for 31 years. The trial afforded compañero Oscar López, as well as the prison conditions in which he is held, have been condemned by groups from the Puerto Rican independence movement and Amnesty International, for their characteristics of human rights violations. U.S. judicial authorities treated his political struggle disproportionately compared to other similar situations,” reads the circular.
According to Valter Pomar, executive secretary of the Forum, the circular was passed after receiving an article about Oscar López sent by the National Hostosiano Independence Movement (MINH, by its Spanish initials), “published in the newspaper Claridad and which talks about all the national and international support favoring his release.”
Pomar called on “the parties of the Sao Paulo Forum” to make statements about this case and “to send their messages of support to their respective embassies and to Gustavo Casalduc”
(email@example.com), the MINH member who delivered the article.