Controversial Puerto Rican nationalist saluted in Holyoke

Controversial Puerto Rican nationalist saluted in Holyoke


10- YEAR-OLD BOY, WHEN A FLOATING LOG STRUCK AND KILLLED HIM BARRY: HUNDREDS OF HOLYOKE RESIDENTS SHOWED UP TODAY TO LISTEN TO OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA SPEAK AT A PUERTO RICAN FLAG RAISING CEREMONY. LOPEZ RIVERA WAS ARRESTED IN 1981 AND TRIED BY THE U-S GOVERNMENT FOR SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY, RELATED TO HIS INVOLVEMENT IN A PUERTO RICAN NATIONALIST GROUP. HE ADMITTED TO CRIMES.. INCLUDING PLANNING TO TRANSPORT EXPLOSIVES WITH INTENT TO DESTROY GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.. AND DECLARED HIMSELF A POLITICAL PRISONER. HE WAS SENTENCED TO 70 YEARS IN PRISON, BUT FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA COMMUTED HIS SENTENCE IN JANUARY. NELSON ROMAN, HOLYOKE CITY COUNCILOR “HOLYOKE WAS THE FIRST CITY IN NEW ENGLAND TO PASS THE RESOLUTION ASKING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO RELEASE HIM. SO IT MADE SENSE AND HE ACTUALLY WROTE ME WHILE HE WAS IN FEDERAL PRISON IN FEBRUARY SAYING THAT HOLYOKE WAS GONNA BE ON HIS STOPS” BARRY: CITY COUNCILOR NELSON ROMAN REFERRED TO LOPEZ RIVERA AS THE NELSON MANDELA OF THE PUERTO RICAN AND

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