HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Happy to visit Cuba for the first time, whose leaders and people he thanked for their support for his release, the Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera arrived in Havana on Monday morning.
At the José Martí international airport, Oscar Lopez was met by Fernando González Llort, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), with whom the Puerto Rican activist shared a cell for four years in the Terre Haute prison in Indiana, United States, during almost 36 years of imprisonment until pardoned by former President Barack Obama.
In statements to the press, Lopez Rivera said he intends to enjoy as much time as possible with the Cuban people.
When referring to the situation in Puerto Rico, he recalled that it is a country colonized for more than 100 years that today suffers from the effects of Hurricane Maria, while facing a lack of interest and support from the US government.
Invited by ICAP, the independence activist will undertake an extensive program of activities, which includes meetings with representatives of various sectors in various provinces.
As part of the support for López Rivera, during his more than three decades of imprisonment, Cuba promoted before the United Nations Decolonization Committee a resolution in which it requested recognition of the right to independence and self-determination of Puerto Rico, and demanded Lopez Rivera’s release.
The campaign, supported by Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua, was approved as a resolution by the committee in 2012, but the US ignored it.