Puerto Rican Day Parade to Honor a Long-Jailed Militant

Honoring Oscar Lopez Rivera … a free man, at last!! 🇵🇷

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A report by William Newman and Frances Robles for the New York Times.

Parades should be uncomplicated affairs: floats, marching bands and baton twirlers. In New York City, few things are that simple — especially for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, an annual event that has seen its share of violence, graft and mismanagement.

This year, the parade, which will travel up Fifth Avenue on June 11, has become embroiled in a political controversy that may have cost it one major sponsor, and put some of the city’s top public officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, in an awkward position.

At issue is the parade’s decision earlier this month to honor the Puerto Rico nationalist Oscar López Rivera, who was freed on Wednesday after having served more than 35 years in prison.

Parade officials said they would designate Mr. López Rivera — a Puerto Rican militant associated with a…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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