In case you haven’t heard, Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is the prime suspect in the decision by the board of the Puerto Rican Day parade to honor a convicted terrorist, Oscar López Rivera, as a National Freedom Hero.
Her “hero” was found guilty of trying to overthrow the government of the United States with FALN, a terrorist organization that carried out 120 bombings in New York, Chicago and elsewhere.
Its 1975 bombing at Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan killed four people.
López Rivera defended violence as necessary to free Puerto Rico from American colonialism so it could become a socialist country.
None of that makes him an American hero — except to Mark-Viverito, a radical Puerto Rican with a long affinity for homicidal maniacs. She was photographed three years ago wearing a communist beret and standing next to a woman wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt. Later, she shared a computerized image of herself in Che Guevara likeness.
So her campaign for López Rivera’s release from federal prison was no aberration. After President Barack Obama commuted his sentence, Mark-Viverito flew to Puerto Rico to escort him to a public rally.