I do not exaggerate when I say that López Rivera set his apartment as a bomb-making facility. I also do not exaggerate when I say that I’ve been hearing for decades López Rivera described as a political prisoner.
Which is pure propaganda:
López Rivera was NOT imprisoned for believing in independence for Puerto Rico, but for the violent means through which he and others sought to further that otherwise respectable cause. Having failed to persuade their fellow Puerto Ricans to support their particular brand of a Marxist-Leninist independence, López Rivera and others sought to advance independence through bombings and other violent acts, such as the ambush of a group of U.S. Navy personnel just outside the base at Sabana Seca, P.R., which resulted in the deaths of four sailors.
The public relations campaign for López Rivera is just getting started, though. Just wait for the photo-ops when he goes to Hamilton and the cast honors him on stage.
Jorge Bonilla translates an op-ed by Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) that was first published in El Nuevo Día, where Gutiérrez refers to López Rivera as a “great man” who “gave us a great example.” It opens with a meeting between Gutiérrez and Rafael Cancel Miranda, one of the 1954 U.S. Capitol Gallery shooters and a joke they shared.
For now, as Gutiérrez put it, “get ready because our Oscar is coming back.”
Read more here.
Photo by Tito Caraballo