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USA: Oscar Lopez Rivera leads thousands in NYC's Puerto Rico Parade02:06

USA: Oscar Lopez Rivera leads thousands in NYC's Puerto Rico Parade

United States, New York City
June 11, 2017 at 19:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of people marched down New York City's Fifth Avenue for the annual Puerto Rico Day parade on Sunday, which was headed by Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Rivera's presence prompted corporate sponsors AT&T and JetBlue to backtrack their decision to support the march, and similarly neither the Mayor or Governor of New York made an appearance.

Rivera was freed on May 17 after spending 35 years in a US prison, initially sentenced to 55 years. He was a key figure in the Puerto Rican independence movement of the 1970s, working as a community organiser and alleged militant in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence and social equality.

Among other charges, Rivera was convicted of "seditious conspiracy" in the US in 1981 for his role in the revolutionary Armed Forces of National Liberation (FARN).

Puerto Rico, known officially as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is a territory of the US and has been since 1898 when Spain ceded the island to Washington under the Treaty of Paris following the conclusion of the Spanish-American War.

USA: Oscar Lopez Rivera leads thousands in NYC's Puerto Rico Parade02:06
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Thousands of people marched down New York City's Fifth Avenue for the annual Puerto Rico Day parade on Sunday, which was headed by Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Rivera's presence prompted corporate sponsors AT&T and JetBlue to backtrack their decision to support the march, and similarly neither the Mayor or Governor of New York made an appearance.

Rivera was freed on May 17 after spending 35 years in a US prison, initially sentenced to 55 years. He was a key figure in the Puerto Rican independence movement of the 1970s, working as a community organiser and alleged militant in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence and social equality.

Among other charges, Rivera was convicted of "seditious conspiracy" in the US in 1981 for his role in the revolutionary Armed Forces of National Liberation (FARN).

Puerto Rico, known officially as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is a territory of the US and has been since 1898 when Spain ceded the island to Washington under the Treaty of Paris following the conclusion of the Spanish-American War.

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