After 35 Years in Prison, Puerto Rican Activist Oscar López Rivera on Freedom & Decolonization

https://democracynow.org – We are joined in studio by longtime Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who was imprisoned for about 35 years—much of the time in solitary confinement—before President Obama commuted his sentence in January. On May 17, 2017, less than a month ago, López Rivera was released. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was a leader of the pro-independence group FALN. In 1981, López Rivera was convicted on federal charges including seditious conspiracy—conspiring to oppose U.S. authority over Puerto Rico by force. López Rivera describes his time in prison, his youth in Chicago and how he became politicized. He also comments on Puerto Rico’s current political crisis and says as long as Puerto Rican youth are “struggling and doing something for the economy, doing something for themselves, doing something for Puerto Rico, there is hope.” We also speak with Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel of Latino Justice, who was part of the campaign to free López Rivera.

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20 Responses

  1. JORGE RODRIGUEZ says:

    SPIT!! PISS!! SHIT!! ON FALN!! COMMUNIST PIGS!!!!

  2. JORGE RODRIGUEZ says:

    🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸..IN YOUR FACE!!!!

  3. AXIS 666- KARMA- PROHECY says:

    VIVA PUERTO RICO LIBRE

  4. Eliani Leon says:

    America talks about how he killed Americans but they don't talk about how they pray on the land for tax cuts and how they have kept Puerto Rico oppressed for 120 years…

  5. Lonesome Whistle says:

    Too bad that Rivera didn't blow up the offices of DN. Oh wait, he hates America as much as DN does.

  6. Alexander Rivera says:

    false comspericy

  7. j jay says:

    Democracy now is really losing it .You are glorifying a fucking convicted terrorist .He should still be in prison .Lets hope he drops dead of a heart attack soon

  8. j jay says:

    Shit bags like this are why we need the death penalty so libs cannot set them free after years have passed and some shitty president like obama lets him go scott free

  9. jaywar69 says:

    The guy needs to stay in Puerto Rico for the rest of his life.

  10. Alan Michaels says:

    He was found guilty of 120 bombings on United States targets part of a organized terror group yet people cheer him on. Interesting society.

  11. Charles Smith says:

    Obama is no better than this terrorist piece of shit for releasing him from prison. I hope a family member of one of his victims sticks a bomb up his ass and lights the fuse.

  12. Zurround100 says:

    You assholes below me have been saying some VERY insulting things about this guy but it seems like refusing his own release just because he did not want to leave 2 imprisoned friends behind shows INCREDIBLE moral character. How many of you assholes down there would do the same?

  13. David Beverly says:

    Too keep a worthless terrorist in prison for 35 years is stupid, he should have been rented to a work farm or just composted like the waste he is. Obama let him out "not Surprising"

  14. Dan Coulson says:

    Too bad the prick wasn't just executed, like the piss ant he is.

  15. Jorge Narvaez says:

    hey Oscar, Jon Gotti also believed in principles and respected human life (according to him). But yet, he was also a scumbag.

  16. JORGE RODRIGUEZ says:

    FUCK!!!!! OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA!!!!! YOU CRIMINAL "SPIC!!!"

  17. Bruno56 says:

    FUCKING OLD COMMIE WEEZER!!! FUCK YOU OSCAR LOPEZ MURDERER!

  18. Peter Lagg says:

    The US should cut loose that shitty island and then it will be a true independent third world country. So Puerto Rican monkeys become a state or be a illegal aliens…

  19. EB says:

    Of course, white supremacist organizations working in the background plotting and scheming against ethnic minorities who are fighting for their freedom. They collude with their coons in organizations like Univision and Goya..
    I guess we can now call it #Coonivision

  20. Fefe Tines says:

    Props to Democracy Now for continued coverage of Puerto Rico issues. No one else seems to be reporting on their economic issues

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