WikiLeaks hails commutation of Manning sentence

Tracy FergusonJan 19, 2017

The 74-year-old will leave prison by May 17.

López Rivera, who was serving more than 50 years in prison for plotting to overthrow the USA government, belonged to Armed Forces of National Liberation, known by its Spanish acronym FALN. Mostly active in Chicago and New York City, the group is believed to be responsible for more than 140 bombings since 1974, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Miranda tweeted that he was "sobbing with gratitude" on Tuesday when it was announced that Lopez Rivera's 55-year sentence had been reduced.

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Oscar Lopez Rivera was commuted by President Obama yesterday and has made its shock waves through the nation but, more specifically Chicago.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1943, Lopez Rivera moved with his family to the U.S.in 1952, just two years after Puerto Rican independence activists tried to assassinate President Truman in NY, and one year ahead of the largest ever wave of migration to the USA which saw nearly 70,000 Puerto Ricans arrive on the mainland. "Oscar Lopez Rivera is coming home".

"Mr. Lopez Rivera is now in his 70s". He is scheduled to be released from prison on May 17. "Thank you, @POTUS." Miranda also wished that he could be with every Puerto Rican in Chicago at the time. Rivera functioned as a bomb maker for the group and helped to recruit others.

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Mark-Viverito said, "When people think of what did he do for Puerto Rico, it's going to be that he freed Oscar". He successfully lobbied for debt relief for the island (an American territory) past year - both in the halls of Congress and in song.

After the announcement of Lopez Rivera's commutation, about 50 people gathered outside the Urban Theater in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, singing and waving Puerto Rican flags. Lopez Rivera did not accept the clemency offer, though a dozen other FALN members did, because the offer was not extended to all FALN members.

The pride that Lin-Manuel Miranda has for his heritage and even this country is truly inspiring.

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