Oscar Lopez Rivera has a message for American reduction staff serving to to rebuild Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: Go house.
Rivera — the co-founder of radical Puerto Rican separatist group FALN behind the lethal 1975 bombing at Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan who was launched from jail final yr when President Obama commuted his sentence— mentioned Puerto Ricans “don’t want something from them,” in accordance with feedback reported in Spanish by Metro Puerto Rico.
“We don’t want something from them, they want us,” Rivera mentioned partly, in accordance with Metro, saying the US can solely govern Puerto Rico by way of “corruption.”
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He went on to say that as a substitute of “Donald Trump coming to inform us that we’re lazy,” officers from the mainland ought to “get out and go away us to ourselves as a result of we will.”
Lopez Rivera’s launch was championed by former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito — who marched with him within the Puerto Rican Day Parade and advocated for him to be awarded the Nationwide Freedom Hero award that spurred large controversy and boycotts across the occasion.
However it might appear the 2 don’t agree on assist for Puerto Rico from the mainland — Mark-Viverito has known as on the U.S. authorities to do extra to assist Puerto Rico and led a delegation of her colleagues within the Metropolis Council to Puerto Rico final November, the place they handed out water filters and different provides to individuals in areas hit laborious by the storm. The town additionally despatched its personal staff from the Workplace of Emergency Administration, NYPD, Parks Division and different companies to Puerto Rico to supply assist in San Juan.
Mark-Viverito didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about Rivera’s remarks.