Melissa Mark Viverito, New York City Council Speaker
The imprisonment of López Rivera was opposed or supported by individuals and groups representing political, religious, and other constituencies. Some called him a terrorist, but others said he was a political prisoner. Several U.S. Congressmen supported López Rivera's release from prison.
U.S. President Bill Clinton offered López Rivera and 13 other convicted FALN members clemency in 1999, on condition they renounce violence, but López Rivera rejected it. On January 17, 2017, President Barack Obama commuted López Rivera's sentence and he was released from prison on May 17, 2017, after 35 years in prison. López Rivera had been incarcerated longer than any other member of the FALN. On February 9, 2017, he was moved from an Indiana prison to Puerto Rico, where he completed the last three months of his sentence under house arrest before being released on May 17, 2017.
López Rivera joined the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), a Marxist-Leninist organization which in the 1970s fought to make Puerto Rico an independent communist nation. The FALN was involved in more than 100 bombings in New York, Chicago and other cities, including the 1975 bombing at Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan that killed four people.
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New York City’s Puerto Rican Day Parade will be honoring convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera, a former member of The Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN, who served 35 years in prison for attempting to overthrow the United States government.
The June 11 parade will honor Rivera, who was responsible for making bombs used in the 1975 bombing of a restaurant in Manhattan that led to the death of four people and injured 43.
He was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 1981 on charges of robbery, seditious conspiracy and transportation of firearms and explosives.
In January 2017 Rivera’s prison sentence was commuted by then-President Barack Obama.
Fellow domestic terrorist Bill Ayers celebrated Obama’s clemency for Rivera on Twitter, saying “Great news”.
Fox’s Tucker Carlson recently debated a New York City Democrat over whether Rivera should be considered a hero, or condemned as a violent, radical terrorist.Oscar Lopez freed!— Bill Ayers (@WilliamAyers) January 17, 2017
Chelsea Manning out!!!
Great news! Joy an Justice!
The New York liberal defended Rivera, even being bold enough to compare him to Nelson Mandela and MLK.
FDNY and NYPD groups, as well as the New York Daily News, have dropped out of sponsoring the parade due to the decision to honor the convicted terrorist, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has no problem marching with him.
Mark-Viverito said pro-statehood forces feel "threatened" by Lopez Rivera's platform and are in turn trying to force companies to drop sponsorship. The right wing in Puerto Rico generally opposes statehood, but Gov. Ricardo Rossello (P) told the New York Post he is confident the protectorate will win statehood in its June 11 vote. Mark-Viverito successfully urged President Obama to commute the sentence of Lopez Rivera, who was released from prison during his administration. Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) recently joined a slew of supporters and sponsors in disavowing their involvement in the parade. Coca-Cola, Goya, the New York Yankees, JetBlue airlines, AT&T and WNBC-4 all dropped their sponsorship of the parade. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), however, has voiced relative ambivalence to Lopez Rivera leading the popular parade.
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