A massive rally was held on Sunday, October 9 in Washington, D.C., for the release of Oscar López Rivera.
Over 1,000 people arrived in dozens of buses and convened in Lafayette Park, directly in front of the White House. People came from Texas, California, Chicago, Orlando, San Juan, Ponce, and even Hawaii. Ten buses arrived from New York City alone.
“The rain in New York City, even Hurricane Matthew, could not dampen the spirit of our convocation on behalf of Oscar López Rivera,” said educator and community leader William Gerena-Rochet, from El Barrio in New York City. “It was a day we will never forget.”
Congressman Luis Gutierrez, René Pérez Joglar from Calle 13 (aka Residente), and Oscar’s own brother, José López Rivera, were among the featured speakers.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez at the rally (Photo Courtesy of Bolivar Arellano)
The message to Pres. Obama was clear: there are 9 million Puerto Ricans. Over 1,000 of us are near your front lawn. We are all US citizens, and we all demand the release of Oscar López Rivera from Terra Haute federal prison.
Oscar was jailed on vague charges of “seditious conspiracy against the United States.” These were the same charges for which Pedro Albizu Campos was arrested and imprisoned.
Oscar suffered 11 years in solitary and 35 years in federal prison. He is currently the longest-standing political prisoner on the entire planet.
The rally for Oscar was a great success. But the ultimate success must follow – the release of Oscar López Rivera from federal prison.
35 years is enough.
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