Despite Recent Controversy, Over 1 Million Flock To NYC's Annual Puerto Rican Day ParadeCorporate sponsors including AT&T and JetBlue dropped out of Sunday's parade over the organizers' decision to honor Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, a former member of the militant Puerto Rican nationalist group Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN.
De Blasio Says He Privately Threatened To Sit Out Puerto Rican Day Parade Over López Rivera InvolvementMayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he was publicly holding his tongue – while privately urging Puerto Rican Day Parade organizers to renounce a onetime terror leader.
Puerto Rican Day Parade Board Of Directors Says No One Else To Receive National Freedom Hero TitleThe parade's board of directors has said Oscar Lopez Rivera will march June 11 in the parade "not as an honoree but as a humble Puerto Rican and grandfather" after the controversial figure stepped down from his position as the honoree.
Oscar López Rivera Declines To Be Honored In Puerto Rican Day ParadeAmid heated controversy, onetime militant Oscar López Rivera has declined to be honored in the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.
De Blasio Says He'll March In Puerto Rican Day Parade, But Not With Honoree López RiveraMayor Bill de Blasio revealed Wednesday that he will still march in the Puerto Rican Day Parade, but will not march alongside Oscar López Rivera – whom some call a political prisoner, others a practitioner of terrorism.
Bombing Victim’s Son Furious Over De Blasio, Viverito’s Decision To March With FALN LeaderThere was more controversy Tuesday, involving the Puerto Rican Day Parade, and a decision to honor an activist linked to a deadly bombing.
Cuomo Withdraws From Puerto Rican Day Parade Amid Controversy Over HonoreeA spokesperson for the governor told CBS2's Political Reporter Marcia Kramer his “support and long term affection for the Puerto Rican community remains unwavering, unfortunately he will not be marching in this year's parade.”
NYPD Commissioner Says He Won't March In Puerto Rican Day ParadeOrganizers of the city's Puerto Rican Day parade are sticking with their decision to honor a freed militant who once embraced armed resistance to U.S. rule of Puerto Rico.
NYPD Group Boycotting Puerto Rican Day Parade For Honoring Man Some Believe Is A TerroristThe NYPD Hispanic Society is boycotting next month's National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Members say they're upset the parade is honoring a man some consider a terrorist, even as others hail him as a hero.
'34 Women' Hold NYC Rally For Release Of Puerto Rican Nationalist Oscar Lopez RiveraPuerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera was sentenced on charges of seditious conspiracy in 1981.

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