[Pnews] Oscar Lopez Rivera To Be Freed After 36 Years in US Prison
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Tue Jan 17 17:32:16 EST 2017
Oscar Lopez Rivera To Be Freed After 36 Years in US Prison
January 17, 2017
The United States government announced Tuesday the release of Oscar
Lopez Rivera, who has been imprisoned in the U.S. for 36 years for his
struggle to free Puerto Rico from U.S. colonial rule.
Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama commuted Lopez' sentence, which
will expire on May 17, according to a White House source, consulted by
the EFE news agency.
Clarissa Lopez, daughter of Lopez, will hold a press conference
Wednesday at 10 a.m. in reaction to his release at the Roberto Clemente
Coliseum in San Juan. Puerto Rico.
Lopez, born in Puerto Rico in 1943, is an independence leader in his
native country. Upon returning to Chicago after serving in the Vietnam
War, he joined the struggle for the rights of the Puerto Rican people
and participated in acts of civil disobedience and other actions.
In 1976 he joined the clandestine fight for the independence of Puerto
Rico as a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation. In 1981 he
was captured by the FBI accused of "conspiracy" and for his militancy in
At the time of his capture, he proclaimed himself a prisoner of
war, protected in the first protocol of the Geneva Convention of 1949.
The protocol protects Lopez for being a person arrested in conflict
against colonial occupation.
The U.S. did not recognize the demand of Lopez and sentenced him to 55
years in prison, after an alleged attempt to escape, the sentence
increased to 70 years in prison, 12 of which have been spent in isolated
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1999 offered him a pardon. The
offer was made to 13 members who accepted, but Lopez rejected it because
it included completing 10 years in jail with good behavior. Leaders from
around the world, as well as human rights organizations, have demanded
the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera.
On June 18, 2012, the U.N. Decolonization Committee approved a
resolution, promoted by Cuba, in which it called for recognition of
Puerto Rico's right to independence and self-determination and urged the
release of the pro-independence detainees in the United States.
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