Alejandro Padilla and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez Visit Oscar López Rivera


By National Boricua Human Rights Network

In a historically unprecedented event, the Governor of Puerto Rico and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, visited the Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) at Terre Haute, Indiana. In the history of Puerto Rico, a sitting governor has never visited a political prisoner.

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, accompanied by Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, José E. López, brother of Oscar López Rivera and Alejandro Molina, along with Governor’s staff including Doris Lamoso and Jesús Ortiz, visited Oscar López Rivera ion Saturday, Oct. 4. The visit was filled with symbolism, deeply felt emotions and an incredible camaraderie. The Governor asked Oscar about his political  formation, about his work in the community and  demonstrated a deep sense of commitment to having Oscar freed. The visit lasted nearly three hours, even though the Governor had a busy schedule before the visit. He flew in from Washington DC from Spain, where he had participated in a series of meetings including the head of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy, and incredibly, flew from the US capital to Indianapolis, and from there to Terre Haute, where he met, Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, who thanked the Governor for his visit and his support of Oscar.