First Kathy Griffin, now convicted Puerto Rican terrorist (aka nationalist freedom fighter) Oscar Lopez Rivera. Conservatives and common sense terror opponents are unleashing the power and fury of boycotts, and scoring victories.
One of the largest street parades in the nation, New York City’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, faced evisceration from its own community over its award of “National Freedom Hero” to convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Some of the biggest companies serving the Hispanic market worldwide pulled out from the parade in recent days, including the two top Spanish-language television networks Univision and Telemundo, Coca-Cola, the Spanish food empire Goya Foods and even the New York Yankees. Many elected officials, even in a Far Left safe space like New York City, also announced they would not march in the parade.
Rivera, a leader of the notorious FALN terrorist group which sought Puerto Rican independence from the United States, announced he would decline the parade’s award as a “National Freedom Hero” but would still march in the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City on June 11th.
In this column published in the New York Daily News, Rivera expressed no contrition for his prior association with the FALN, which claimed responsibility for over 100 bombings in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. FALN attacks killed six people, including four in one 1975 bombing in New York’s storied Fraunces Tavern which dates back to the American Revolution.
Rivera was released from federal prison just last month after serving 35 years in federal prison after his 1981 convictions for weapons manufacturing and seditious conspiracy. The remainder of his sentence was commuted in January by former President Barack Obama.