Oscar Lopez Rivera is a Puerto Rican political prisoner and prisoner of war. He’s been held in prison by the US government since 1980 for trying to free his country Puerto Rico from US colonialism. The crime he’s been charged with is seditious conspiracy to overthrow the US government. The ironic quandary of such a charge for Oscar and other Puerto Rican political prisoners and prisoners of war like Avelino Claudio Gonzalez and his brother Norberto Claudio Gonzalez is that they don’t recognize the US government as being a legitimate governing body in Puerto Rico. This inability to recognize the US government as a legitimate governing body in Puerto Rico makes Oscar and others like him political prisoners.
Under resolution 1514 of the UN charter Oscar was within his rights to extricate Puerto Rico from that colonial condition using any means possible, which is what Oscar did as a member of the FALN (Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacíon Nacionalista – the Armed FOrces of National Liberation. The US rewarded those actions with arrest, trial and imprisonment. Oscar’s mindset was that the US government in Puerto Rico was illegal and immoral and so he refused to recognize the US government and its legal apparatus as having any power over him and wanted to be treated as a prisoner of war according to the Geneva Convention. As a prisoner of war Oscar is supposed to be dealt with humanely but that has not happened. He has been denied timely medical treatment, tortured and is confined to solitary confinement which are all violations of the Geneva Conventions treatment of prisoners of war. Throughout all of that Oscar’s will remains unbroken and his dedication unwavering in the cause for Puerto Rican independence.
There is a campaign to try to free Oscar Lopez Rivera… The Revolutionary Artist Vanguard, an artists collective in Puerto Rico got together to paint a mural in honor of Oscar. This is a short video of the mural that was painted…
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