P. Rico: Growing Demands to Release Political Prisoner

San Juan, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin gave a global dimension to the demand to free political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, in remarks that he made during the TV broadcast of the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony. “Freedom and Justice for Oscar López,” Martin in front of the cameras last night, after singing with his compatriot Robi Draco as part of the award ceremony at the Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This demand, which reached millions of television viewers in the United States and the world, comes at a time when dozens of celebritiesÂ� voices in Puerto Rico have urged people to attend a march convened for tomorrow in San Juan to demand Lopez Rivera’s release .

The Puerto Rican political prisoner has spent 32 years behind bars, 12 of them in solitary, after being convicted of seditious conspiracy, the same offence for which Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison in South Africa.

Meanwhile, former Puerto Rican Minister of Education José Arsenio Torres said today that U.S. President was moved while visiting the prison where Mandela was held South Africa, but incapable of responding to demands for clemency for Lopez Rivera.

Just like Nelson Mandela, Oscar López Rivera has not committed any crime, except to fight for his homeland, Torres said, criticizing Obama’s silence in response to thousands of requests that have been made to him in writing to free the Puerto Rican independence fighter.

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