[News] López Rivera: ‘No Puerto Rican Should Submit to the Wishes of a Corporation’

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Fri May 26 11:08:34 EDT 2017


  López Rivera: ‘No Puerto Rican Should Submit to the Wishes of a

May 26, 2017

After calling for a boycott of Goya Foods 
last week after the company withdrew sponsorship from the 2017 National 
Puerto Rican Day Parade, Oscar López Rivera shared additional thoughts 
this week about the controversy 
surrounding the parade honoring him as a National Freedom Hero, saying 
that Puerto Ricans rely too much on corporations anyway, according to a 
English-language story 
from Puerto Rico’s Noticel outlet.

“No Puerto Rican should submit to the wishes of a corporation. 
Especially Puerto Ricans who love our country,” López Rivera said in the 
Noticel story, which translated his remarks in Spanish from an interview 
he had with Radio Isla.

“I believe Goya, JetBlue, the Yankees, and Daily News 
are entitled to do whatever they want. We Puerto Ricans have the right 
to do whatever we want,” López Rivera added later, according to the story.

“I believe in boycotts. We would need to use our power as consumers. A 
boycott would be perfect, because corporations cannot tell us what to 
do,” López Rivera said in the interview as well.

Besides the anti-corporate creed, López Rivera suggested in the Noticel 
article’s account of the Radio Isla interview that the FBI might also be 
influencing the campaign against him.

“I believe there are certain factors involved,” López Rivera said in the 
article. “There’s the FBI, for example. They could never do anything 
with us, because for all of us who were imprisoned for many years, they 
don’t have the tiniest bit of evidence that we did what they say we did… 
I imagine that maybe they’re involved in this, because last December, 32 
FBI agents sent a letter to (Barack) Obama telling him not to release me.”

“[The FBI] hates the pro-independence movement,” López Rivera added. 
“They have always been willing to destroy the Puerto Rican 
pro-independence movement. They’re behind this.”

“Previously, former prisoners like Lolita Lebrón have been honored in 
the NY Puerto Rican Day Parade, and there has never been a controversy 
like this year,” he said.


“That board [of the National Puerto Rican Parade] has the right to 
choose whomever they want, and they chose me this year, and I am 
extremely grateful. That decision deserves to be respected,” López 
Rivera added.

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