San Juan Mayor’s Strange Connection to Domestic Terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera
This photo might explain why the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, ripped the President during Hurricane Maria’s rampage through Puerto Rico.
Who is that waaaay in the back of this picture? And the gentleman on the left of the picture? Isn’t he the FALN terrorist that tried to blow up the House of Congress in the 80s? That 44 pardoned? And the current mayor of San Juan is posing with the both of them?
Many photos have surfaced of Cruz supporting the campaign to free Rivera to which President Obama did in 2017, three days before his Presidency ended. His cause was for the independence of Puerto Rico, but his radical militant Marxist group was the means to which he would do it.
According to Politico following the release of Lopez Rivera they mentioned,
The FALN was responsible for over 130 bombings during this period, including the January 1975 explosion in Manhattan’s historic Fraunces Tavern, which killed four and wounded 63. In October of that year, it set off, all within the span of an hour, 10 bombs in three cities, causing nearly a million dollars in damage. In August 1977, the FALN set off a series of bombs in Manhattan, forcing 100,000 workers to evacuate their offices; one person was killed, and six were injured. In 1979, the group even threatened to blow up the Indian Point nuclear energy facility located north of New York City. It later sent a communiqué warning the U.S. to “remember … that you have never experienced war on your vitals and that you have many nuclear reactors.” In 1980, FALN members stormed the Carter-Mondale election headquarters in Chicago, and the George H.W. Bush campaign headquarters in New York, holding employees there hostage at gunpoint. In 1981, they plotted to kidnap President Reagan’s son Ron. Plainly, the group was deadly serious about its objectives—a free, independent and socialist Puerto Rico—and zealous in its pursuit of them.
According to court documents, throughout this time, Lopez, a Vietnam War veteran, was part of FALN’s “Central Command”—a member of the “triumvirate” that led the organization. In 1976, Lopez became a fugitive when federal investigators discovered a “bomb factory” in an apartment he had rented in Chicago. He would evade arrest for the next five years, actively planning robberies and training FALN members. According to the summary of the testimony of Alfredo Mendez, an FALN member who later became a government witness, Lopez even gave new members bomb-making lessons.
A fugitive since 1976 and indicted in 1977 and 1979, López Rivera was arrested on May 29, 1981 and tried by the United States government for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property.
The support of a Democratic mayor for this terrorist who is against American ideals and Marxist revolutions speaks volumes about the current state of the Democratic Party.
Contributions made by Courtney L. Townsel