After Monday night’s brutal slaughter of 22 people in Manchester, England, this is probably a good time to remind folks that the head of the New York City Council is gleefully supporting a terrorist freed by Obama marching in this Sunday’s Peurto Rican Day parade.
Mayor de Blasio said he intends to march despite the parade board’s decision to honor Oscar Lopez with its first “National Freedom Hero” award.
Gov. Cuomo said he is “inclined” to march but has not made a final decision.
We think Cuomo’s decision was just made for him by a suicide bomber.
Supporters of the parade’s decision to honor Oscar Lopez are trying to counter the blowback.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito circulated a letter last week urging New York lawmakers to rally around the embattled Puerto Rican Day Board.
Rivera 74, had his 70-year sentence commuted by outgoing President Barack Obama in January after serving nearly 36 years in prison following his conviction of conspiracy and sedition charges for his ties to the Puerto Rican nationalist group, FALN, which was responsible for more than 100 bombings in the 1970s and 80s — including the 1982 blast at NYPD headquarters that left an officer maimed and a 1975 attacked that killed four at Fraunces Tavern in the Financial District.
Mark-Viverito visited Oscar Lopez last Wednesday in Puerto Rico, after he was freed from house detention. She giddily snapped pictures of the man many Puerto Rican nationalists hail as a freedom fighter.
Freedom fighter. OK. This comes as sponsors bail.
Sponsors and government officials marched away from the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Monday — with the New York Yankees, JetBlue and even the city’s top cop ditching the event over its decision to honor a deadly terror organization’s kingpin.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill cited the bloodshed caused by the Puerto Rican nationalist group once run by Oscar López Rivera, who will be hailed at the June 11 march by the organizers of the annual celebration.
“I can’t support a man who was the co-founder of an organization that engaged in over 120 bombings, six people killed and seriously injured police officers,” O’Neill said.
“I usually do march in most of the parades with the fraternal organizations, but I am not going to be marching this year . . . I am not going to march.”
Before President Obama commuted his sentence in January, López Rivera spent 36 years in prison for his role as a leader of the FALN, which was behind a series of bloody attacks, including the 1975 bombing of Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan that killed four people and a blast that maimed a cop at Police Headquarters in 1982.
López Rivera’s defenders say he never directly participated in plotting a terror attack.
The Yankees and JetBlue had been slated as sponsors of the parade, but both issued statements Monday announcing they would not take part, citing the López Rivera furor. They join another major sponsor, Goya Foods, which also recently bailed out.
The Yankees’ boycott particularly stings. Bronx Bombers who have graced the parade include Puerto Rican native Bernie Williams.
“The New York Yankees are not participating in this year’s Puerto Rican Day parade,” the team said in a statement.
Mark-Viverito kept digging:
Detectives’ Endowment Assocation President Michael Palladino slammed Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for her role in advancing López Rivera’s release and parade honor.
“When elected, the speaker took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Mark-Viverito violates that oath every time she celebrates this terrorist,” Palladino said.
The speaker, a native of Puerto Rico, said she was “disappointed” by sponsors who quit the parade, saying they acted based on “misinformation” and “lies.” She said the police unions put out “inflammatory statements.”
She said the support for López Rivera was about “human rights,” not politics.
This monster is a murderer, but she calls him a freedom fighter and claims he cares about human rights.
Leftism truly is a mental illness, as evidenced by this chutzpah:
— Melissa MarkViverito (@MMViverito) May 23, 2017