Rene Pérez of Calle 13 voluntarily imprisoned himself with his family May 30th demanding the release of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, who has been detained in the U.S. for 32 years. May 29, 2013 marks the 32nd anniversary of Rivera’s imprisonment for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition to assist in the commission of a felony, and interstate transportation of stolen vehicles.
Oscar López Rivera was convicted and sentenced to 70 years in prison. Clarisa López Ramos, only daughter Rivera, said events like “32 x Oscar” will “fuel the hope” that her dad will be released from prison soon.” “Thirty-two years is more than enough and there is no reason why President (Barack) Obama has not granted a presidential pardon,” said Lopez Ramos during her participation in the event at the Plaza de Armas in Old San Juan.
“Free him. This is abuse. He already served 32 years in prison,” said Pérez minutes before entering the cell. “I find it completely unfair what happened to Oscar“.
Residente urged all Puerto Ricans to join this journey by releasing Rivera. “Respect for Oscar, respect for Puerto Rico and for human rights. I believe that is saying a lot with this activity.”