But Oscar will have to rot for another 4 months. Miserable Obama hasn’t got the guts to just finally pardon him, just cut his sentence… and what about Peltier.. Mumia.. and dozens more innocent political prisoners!
Puerto Rico’s independence leader and longest held political prisoner in the U.S. from Latin America will be free.
The United States government announced Tuesday the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been imprisoned in the U.S. for 36 years for his struggle to free Puerto Rico from U.S. colonial rule.
Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama commuted Lopez’ sentence, which will expire on May 17, according to a list of commutations announced by the White House.
Celebrations started almost immediately, while Clarissa Lopez, daughter of Lopez, will hold a press conference Wednesday at 10 a.m. in reaction to his release at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Lopez was born in Puerto Rico in 1943 and upon returning to Chicago after serving in the Vietnam War, he joined the struggle for Puerto Rican rights and participated in acts of civil disobedience and other actions.
Chelsea Manning was jailed for exposing US state mass murder. She is a hero and should be released NOW,, not left to suffer 4 more months in solitary without even the chance of suicide.
Chelsea was not pardoned.. her sentence was only reduced.. no need for Assange to surrender
Obama was the president of permanent spreading war for profit, spilling millions of liters of human blood… now he hopes to be praised for an -act of clemency-,. And what about Peltier, Mumia, Shakur, Lopez Rivera and a host of other innocent political prisoners who need amnesty?.Washington, D.C. – In a stunning move, President Barack Obama announced the commutation of the prison sentence of whistleblower and former Army private Chelsea Manning. With the announcement, Manning will now be released on May 17, 2017 — rather than in 2045 as originally sentenced.
The last female speaker of the Resígaro language has been murdered in Peru. Her body was found decapitated at her home in the Amazon rainforest. Here you can listen to Rosa singing the last song in Resígaro.. about a talkative girl at a fiesta...
We received word recently from a friend of Sean’s that Sean is currently on hunger strike and has been placed in a suicide cell.
Although details are still murky, we know that Sean has been without food since December 26th. He was charged with extortion of a deputy warden and had begun a disciplinary process when he began his hunger strike and was placed in a suicide cell.
We know that the prison is recognizing his hunger strike and following the associated procedures, which include taking him to the medical unit every day and weighing him and taking his vital signs. It is unclear whether they are attempting to negotiate with him in any way. Continue reading SEAN SWAIN IS ON HUNGER STRIKE→
The indigenous peoples of Saramurillo (Peruvian Amazon) have held an Uprising for four months to stop the destruction of the environment and constant spills from the Petroperu pumping plant and the obsolete Norperuano Oil Pipeline. (en castellano abajo)
There is a corner of the Amazon where the environmental devastation generated by the oil industry have left all passivity behind. This place is called Saramurillo. Since the beginning of September 2016, there has been a rebellion and mobilization of the indigenous peoples affected by the consecutive spills suffered in their territories.
They left their communities and occupied the Petroperú pumping plant. They moved there to prevent their environmental exile, a destination that seemed to be written for them. After months being ignored, the Government agreed to a dialogue with the Resistance Platform. But the negotiation looked complex and tortuous.
These images were leaked out of Moria refugee camp in the island of Lesbos in Greece, exposing the dreadful and inhumane conditions that migrants are being forced to endure in order to survive in – 5°C / 23° F, sleeping in tents, on the frozen ground, under heavy snowfall. The severe weather conditions had been foreseen and expected for many days before, and yet hundreds of people that sacrificed everything to escape to “civilized” Europe have been left to their own demise.
The footage itself was captured on January 7, 2017 by an anonymous refugee, as a desperate message to the world about the appalling conditions they face. These images contradict the January 5, 2017 statement of Greek Migration Minister, Yiannis Mouzalas, when he stated “there are no refugees or migrants living in the cold anymore. Continue reading REFUGEES FORCED TO LIVE IN SNOW IN TENTS→
Organised by Unity of Democratic Forces – Meet at BBC for rally and March to Downing Street 15th January at 2pm.
Unite Against Fascism In Turkey!
Erdogan and Justice and Development Party (AKP) government have launched an aggressive assault against the Kurds, democrats and revolutionaries by declaring a state of emergency following the failed coup attempt.
The state has arrested dozens of Kurdish MP’s including Co-leaders Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas, closed down media outlets (TV channels, radio stations, newspapers), political organisations, arrested progressive journalists,sacked academics, lawyers and many more.
Recently government officials announced that the State of Emergency will be extended until April 2017.The progressive Kurdish and Turkish forces living in UK have organised a national demo against the Turkish state’s assault on Kurds, Democrats and Revolutionaries and calls for your support and solidarity.
Date: 15 January 2017
Time and Venue: 2pm starting from BBC headquarters on Portland Place, nearest station is Oxford Circus.