At an unrelated press conference in the Bronx Tuesday, hours after the terror attack in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert, Communist Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated his intention to participate in the Puerto Rican Day parade honoring a terrorist. He will march alongside Communist City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is herself Puerto Rican and a longtime supporter of Rivera.
She has been trying to get him released and wanted him honored in the parade in the past.
De Blasio has no problem with it.
“I believe this parade is a very, very important part of the life of our city,” de Blasio said. “The parade committee made a choice this year on someone to honor, [and] that does not change the basic nature of the parade. Whether you agree with that choice or not, it is still the Puerto Rican parade, and my point is that I will be there to honor the Puerto Rican people. I intend on marching, it’s as simple as that.”
Ever the left-wing politician, he won’t come right out and say the obvious, he’s marching in a parade honoring a terrorist. This was the morning after a terrorist attack in the UK.
They’re turning it into a terrorist parade, a terrorist Puerto Rican parade, but how many people will realize it?
Mark-Viverito rallied Monday in support of Rivera, alongside more than a dozen local union chapters and nonprofit leftist organizations, including LatinoJustice.
Sponsors – big sponsors – are dropping out.
AT&T and Coca-Cola joined the ranks of JetBlue, the New York Yankees, and Goya Foods, after parade organizers announced their decision to honor a controversial figure in the militant movement for Puerto Rican independence from the United States.
Goya was the first to drop out and the fascists organized boycotts to put them out of business.
Oscar López Rivera, 74, served 35 years in prison for his involvement in the separatist FALN group, which was implicated in more than 100 bombings including the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing that killed four people in Downtown Manhattan. Another bombing, on New Year’s Eve 1982, injured three police officers at NYPD headquarters. President Barack Obama, another Marxist, commuted Rivera’s sentence in January; his house arrest in Puerto Rico reportedly concluded on May 17th.
The AP reports that Rivera was convicted of transporting weapons with intent to kill or injure, but was not charged with carrying out bombings himself.
He was, in fact, one of the ringleaders. He was offered release years ago but refused because he would have had to swear off violence. He also insisted his terrorist comrades be released. Lopez is unrepentant.
Last week, Rivera lied to the NY Times, “I do not have blood on my hands, and that’s why I cannot be a terrorist.” In the same interview, he said that colonized peoples have the right to use “force” in the name of independence.
FALN is an acronym for Armed Forces of National Liberation in Spanish.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday that he would not march in the parade, describing Rivera as a “terrorist.” Police organizations including the Hispanic Society and New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association have also dropped out.
“The intention of integrating López Rivera into the Parade is meant to honor the commitment and hard work of thousands of people, Puerto Rican and non-, whose efforts contributed to his sentence commutation,” the parade organizers said, adding gibberish about “diversity”.