Oscar Lopez Rivera is a terrorist. He spent years in jail for his crimes but Obama commuted his sentence before leaving office. Big surprise, huh?
Here’s how NBC News describes him:
Lopez was considered a top leader of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN, an ultranationalist Puerto Rican group that claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings at government buildings, department stores, banks and restaurants in New York, Chicago, Washington and Puerto Rico during the 1970s and early 1980s. The FBI classified the Marxist-Leninist group as a terrorist organization.
Now he’s going to be honored in a New York City parade?
Jazz Shaw reported at Hot Air:
Convicted terrorist to be feted in New York City parade
On Sunday, June 11th, the Big Apple will mark the 60th edition of the annual Puerto Rican Day parade. It’s always a huge event which brings out throngs of tourists and celebrants, but this year they will be featuring a very special guest of honor. Convicted terrorist and long time jail inmate Oscar Lopez Rivera, who had his sentence commuted by Barack Obama before leaving office, will be prominently featured in honor of his lifetime of work on behalf of Puerto Rico. I’m not sure precisely which rabbit hole we’ve fallen down now, but let’s take a look at the details. (Associated Press)
Oscar Lopez Rivera, the Puerto Rican nationalist who spent more than three decades behind bars for his role in a violent struggle for independence from the U.S., will be celebrated as a hero upon his early release Wednesday and honored next month in New York City’s massive Puerto Rican Day parade.
“We have to thank him for giving his life for our island,” said Nelson Cortes, a 45-year-old waiter who supports Puerto Rican independence. “It’s exactly what we need right now.”