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The Fight to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera

IN PICTURES: Oscar Lopez Rivera will finally be freed thanks to the ongoing pressure and activism of social movements.

Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera has had his prison sentence commuted by U.S. President Barack Obama.

The commutation comes after years of struggle and petitions from Puerto Rican and international solidarity movements.

To mark the historic decision, teleSUR looks at the movements and actions that helped secure Lopez Rivera's freedom.

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Thousands of people marched in Puerto Rico in 2013 as part of the ongoing struggle to free Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Thousands of people marched in Puerto Rico in 2013 as part of the ongoing struggle to free Oscar Lopez Rivera. Photo:EFE
Venezuelans rallied in support of Lopez, the Puerto Rican independence leader.
Venezuelans rallied in support of Lopez, the Puerto Rican independence leader. Photo:EFE
In 2014, Maria de Lourdes Santiago, senator for the Puerto Rican Independence Party, paid homage to Lopez in Caracas, Venezuela.
In 2014, Maria de Lourdes Santiago, senator for the Puerto Rican Independence Party, paid homage to Lopez in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo:EFE
A man holds a sign reading, “President Obama Free Oscar Lopez Now!” at a rally in Puerto Rico.
A man holds a sign reading, “President Obama Free Oscar Lopez Now!” at a rally in Puerto Rico. Photo:EFE
The leader of Puerto Rican music group Calle 13, Rene Perez, also known as Residente, has been a staunch supporter of Oscar Lopez Rivera.
The leader of Puerto Rican music group Calle 13, Rene Perez, also known as Residente, has been a staunch supporter of Oscar Lopez Rivera. Photo:EFE
In New York, hundreds of people gather during the National Puerto Rico parade to demand freedom for the independentista.
In New York, hundreds of people gather during the National Puerto Rico parade to demand freedom for the independentista. Photo:EFE
In 2014, a major demonstration took place to raise awareness of the independence fighter
In 2014, a major demonstration took place to raise awareness of the independence fighter's plight, considered "the longest-serving political prisoner" from Latin America. Photo:EFE
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