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Several key sponsors of New York City's annual Puerto Rican Day Parade pulled out after organizers decided to honor a convicted terrorist. Organizers announced this year they plan to name Oscarpez Rivera a National Freedom Hero;" making it the first and only time they've awarded the honor, the New York Times reported . López Rivera was pardoned by President Barack Obama after serving over 35 years in prison for masterminding a series of bombings across the United States as a member of the Stalinist-Marxist pro-Puerto Rican independence militant group F.A.L.N. The most notorious F.A.L.N. bombing occurred in downtown New York City in 1975 , killing four people. Six more people died in the bombing spree overseen by López Rivera (including a police officer) and dozens more were maimed. López Rivera got fifteen more years tacked onto his sentence while in prison for trying to escape with explosives.
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Puerto Rico nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera has emerged from house arrest and is being celebrated by supporters after decades in custody, freed in a case that made him a martyr to some but angered those who lost loved ones in a string of deadly bombings
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pez Rivera had been in custody since 1981. He was imprisoned in connection with a string of bombings carried out by a militant group that fought for Puerto Rican independence. (Image credit: Carlos Giusti/AP)
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Obama granted clemency to 1,927 convicted criminals during his presidency, including 1,715 commutations and 212 pardons. With less than a week left of his presidency, Obama granted clemency to 273 federal inmates, including Chelsea Manning. He also commuted the sentences of 330 prisoners who were serving time for drug offenses in a single day. Here is a list of some of the more controversial or noteworthy prisoners who Obama granted clemency while in the White House. Oscarpez Rivera Just three days before he left office, Obama commuted the sentence of Oscarpez Rivera, a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, known by its Spanish acronym FALN, a leftist, violent group that sought complete independence for Puerto Rico. FALN was involved in more than 100 bombings across the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, some of which killed Americans.
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Obama granted clemency to 1,927 convicted criminals during his presidency, including 1,715 commutations and 212 pardons. With less than a week left of his presidency, Obama granted clemency to 273 federal inmates, including Chelsea Manning. He also commuted the sentences of 330 prisoners who were serving time for drug offenses in a single day. Here is a list of some of the more controversial or noteworthy prisoners who Obama granted clemency while in the White House. Oscarpez Rivera Just three days before he left office, Obama commuted the sentence of Oscarpez Rivera, a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, known by its Spanish acronym FALN, a leftist, violent group that sought complete independence for Puerto Rico. FALN was involved in more than 100 bombings across the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, some of which killed Americans.