|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Caribbean

Puerto Rico Independence Supporters Mark Anniversary of Uprising

SAN JUAN – Thousands of supporters of Puerto Rican independence on Monday celebrated the 145th anniversary of the anti-colonial uprising known as the Grito de Lares, an event which this year they dedicated to Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been in prison in the United States for 32 years.

Starting early in the morning, hundreds of independence-minded supporters gathered at the Plaza de la Revolucion in the town of Lares, while others attended a commemorative Mass in memory of the fleeting insurrection of Sept. 23, 1868.

Defenders of Puerto Rican independence placed floral offerings at the bust of the main figure of the Grito de Lares, Ramon Emeterio Betances.

There, the attendees sang the revolutionary anthem of Puerto Rico and then heard public remarks by several politicians with the Puerto Rican Independence Party.

Lopez Rivera, 70, is considered by some Puerto Ricans to be a U.S. political prisoner, while Washington accuses him of belonging to the National Liberation Armed Forces, a group that in the late 1970s committed acts of sabotage in Chicago and New York to demand independence for the Caribbean island, which is a U.S. commonwealth.

Lopez Rivera was sentenced to 55 years in prison in August 1981 for conspiracy and sedition against the U.S. government and in 1988 he was sentenced to an additional 15 years for conspiring to escape from prison. He is the only one of the 13 imprisoned Puerto Ricans to reject the 1999 release offer made to them by then-President Bill Clinton.

From Lares, the demonstrators marched to Hormigueros, where there was an event to memorialize the independence leader of the clandestine Los Macheteros organization, Filiberto Ojeda, who died on Sept. 23, 2005, at the hands of FBI agents.

Puerto Rico came under Washington’s sway in 1898 and island residents were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917, yet they cannot vote in presidential elections, though Puerto Ricans living in the continental United States can.

Since 1952, the island has been a self-governing, unincorporated territory of the United States with broad internal autonomy, but without the right to conduct its own foreign policy. EFE


 

 

Xbox Live Gratuit
Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2009 © All rights reserved