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Convicted Terrorist Freed. Tribune Exuberant

Chicago Daily Observer 19 May 2017 One Comment

The Tribune is having a hard time describing a convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera, who led a bombing spree in the 1970’s

“After three decades behind bars, Puerto Rican nationalist returns to Humboldt Park”

In real life, Mr. Rivera had a violent way of acting as a “nationalist”, referred to as being a “terrorist” outside of the incumbent media.


Here’s a the son of one of Mr. Rivera’s victims

López Rivera was a longtime leader of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, known by its Spanish acronym FALN, a group claiming support for Puerto Rican independence. It was actually a Marxist organization intent on subjugating Puerto Ricans and imposing a Castro-like communist regime. From 1974 to 1983, the group claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings and other violent crimes in U.S. cities, making it the most active domestic terrorist group in U.S. history.

The FALN’s deadliest attack occurred on Jan. 24, 1975, when a bomb tore through New York’s historic Fraunces Tavern during lunch hour, killing four people and injuring more than 60. One of those murdered was my father, Frank Connor, a 33-year-old banker with a loving wife and two young sons. Our family planned to celebrate my 9th and my brother’s 11th birthday that very night.

While the Tribune cheers him on

Many in the crowd consider Lopez a hero of the Puerto Rican independence movement and had waited decades for this moment.

One Comment »

  • Yosemite Sam said:

    Ironically, when presented with the opportunity to change their affiliation with the USA, Puerto Rican voters have repeatedly rejected changing their status in plebiscites.

    Apart from US Representative Luis Guitierrez (D-4th), few Puerto Ricans appear to have supported Oscar Lopez Rivera’s brand of nationalism.

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