Luis Gutierrez

Obama commutes sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, member of Puerto Rican militant group

Obama commutes sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera, member of Puerto Rican militant group

Holding Puerto Rican flags and "Free Oscar Lopez Rivera" signs, dozens of community members and former revolutionaries on Tuesday filled a small Humboldt Park community theater.

The impromptu celebration on Chicago's West Side came just hours after President Barack Obama commuted Lopez's prison sentence for his role in an organization that in the 1970s and early '80s plotted bombings, prison escapes and armed robberies in an effort to secure independence for Puerto Rico, a territory of the U.S.

"Obama finally listened and let Oscar out of prison," sang the crowd, which alternated between the joyous chant and "Que bonita bandera," Spanish for...

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