Click on the above link to read an article about our Puerto Rico political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, and the similarities between him and Nelson Mandela. This is why, we have decided to call this year's protests at the United Nations the First Oscar - Mandela Protests in New York City.
The first one will be on Monday, June 16, 2014 (the day after Fathers' Day) from 8 AM to 6 PM across the avenue from the United Nations. The second one will be on the following Monday, June 23, 2014, on the actual day that the United Nations holds its annual hearing to discuss the decolonization of Puerto Rico. We will have a press conference the week before to give the public the latest details concerning them.
The United Nations (UN) considers colonialism to be a crime against humanity. The UN has therefore issued 32 resolutions asking the United States to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, and in its more recent resolutions, has asked the US specifically to release Oscar López Rivera from prison. Oscar has thus far spent 33 years in prison. That is 6 more years than the 27 years that Nelson Mandela spent behind bars. What has US government done?
The government of the United States (US) has ignored these resolutions, and that's why we must continue to protest until justice in done. We ask you to join us in these 2 protests because, those who practice colonialism don't believe in justice for all!