Puerto Rican independence leader Oscar Lopez Rivera received the Order of Solidarity in Cuba from the Cuban State Council at the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana. Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Mercedes Lopez Acea, awarded Rivera the honorific medal. He expressed his gratitude to Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and the Cuban people, and affirmed that “it is mandatory... Еще to continue fighting for just causes, transcending hatred and fear is more significant when we serve and choose to fight for independence.» Rivera joined the fight for independence in 1976, as a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation. In 1981, he was captured by the FBI, accused of «conspiracy,» and imprisoned in the US for 36 years. He was released from prison in May 2017 following pressure from global leaders.