[Pnews] Oscar Lopez’s Daughter Thanks Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

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Thu Jan 19 11:16:09 EST 2017


  Oscar Lopez’s Daughter Thanks Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

January 19, 2017

On Wednesday the daughter of recently freed Puerto Rican independence 
activist Oscar Lopez Rivera, one of the longest-serving political 
prisoners in the U.S., publicly thanked the governments of Cuba, 
Venezuela, and Nicaragua for their steadfast support and solidarity 
during the decades-long international campaign 
for his release.

"Today we celebrate the victory of the Puerto Rican people. My deepest 
thanks to the governments of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua," said 
Clarisa Lopez Ramos, daughter of Lopez Rivera, to sharp applause during 
a press conference in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan.

Speaking publicly for the first time since President Obama's 
announcement Tuesday of the commutation of her father’s sentence, ending 
Lopez Rivera’s 35-year imprisonment for political crimes as part of the 
Puerto Rican independence struggle, Lopez Ramos was surrounded by 
longtime supporters.

"My father always wished I would receive his freedom like a birthday 
present," added Lopez Ramos, who celebrated her 46th birthday on 
Wednesday. "Today, I celebrate life and justice, and the best birthday 
present: my dear old dad will finally come home."

Speaking to reporters just before leaving for Chicago to meet her father 
this weekend, Lopez Ramos added, "the past hours have been the happiest 
of my life. I’m the luckiest daughter in the world because I have the 
most wonderful, loving, sensible father who taught me how to resist and 

Lopez Rivera will be officially released on May 17 of this year, and his 
daughter said that after a few days in Chicago visiting friends and 
family in the city where he spent years as a community activist, he will 
come to live with her in San Juan.

During the press conference, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto 
reiterated her decision to offer Lopez Rivera a job with the 
municipality upon his return, saying "he will make his living by 
working," and noting Lopez Rivera’s years of community work in Chicago.

She also announced that this coming Monday, Jan. 23, would be declared a 
municipal holiday in celebration of Tuesday’s announcement, noting that 
everyone in the city has called for his release regardless of party 
affiliation or ideology.

This last point was further emphasized by right-wing Puerto Rican 
governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares’ tweet on Wednesday evening thanking 
President Obama "for having listened to the cries of all Puerto Ricans 
and pardoning Oscar Lopez."

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