Puerto Rican Nationalist Oscar Rivera López wants U.S.’s Hurricane Maria Relief Workers Out of the Island


Freed Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera demanded the departure of Americans relief workers helping rebuild Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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The pro-independence activist told Metro, "We do not need anything from them, they need us because the only one way they can govern us and the only one they can control us is through corruption, that corruption came here in 1898 because the Americans could not have governed and managed this colony without the help of a Puerto Rican elite who, since 1898, has always been at the service of those unfortunate people in Washington."

Former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who celebrated his clemency last May and marched with him in the Puerto Rican Day Parade does not agree with his sentiments. She has called on the U.S. government to do more to help Puerto Rico and in November her colleagues in the City Council went to Puerto Rico last November, to hand out water filters and other supplies.

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Does López Rivera speak for all Puerto Ricans hit by the storm?