Freed Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera on U.S. Colonialism After Hurricane Maria
<a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/18/freed_puerto_rican_political_prisoner_oscar"><img alt="_s2_oscar-rivera-lopez" src="https://www.democracynow.org/images/story/50/39050/w320/_S2_Oscar-Rivera-Lopez.jpg" style="float:right; padding-left:5px;" /></a>One month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, we hear from longtime Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, who was released in May and is now in San Juan to visit with community members affected by Hurricane Maria. Until earlier this year, Rivera had been in federal prison for 35 years—much of the time in solitary confinement—after he was convicted on federal charges of opposing U.S. authority over the island by force. President Obama commuted his sentence in January.
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