The Puerto Rican independence activist visiting the 19 de Diciembre Museum in Caimanera. Photo: Jorge Luis Merencio

Caimanera, Guantánamo. – Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera condemned the existence of the United States’ illegal Navy Base in this territory, while noting that the area will one day be returned to the Cuban people.
On thanking residents for their warm and massive welcome, the Puerto Rican activist described the people of Caimanera as a small but strong community.
Speaking after a screening of the documentary Todo Guantánamo es nuestro (All of Guantánamo is ours)by Colombian director and journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina, Rivera expressed his regret at not having had the opportunity to meet Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro in person.
The Puerto Rican patriot spoke about Fidel’s legacy, noting that Cuba is a solidary nation and the only one in the world that shares the few resources it has; sending doctors, engineers, sports coaches and teachers to dozens of countries across the globe.
“Cuba did a lot to secure my release and continues to do a lot for the independence of my homeland, for which I am eternally grateful,” he stated.
One of López Rivera’s first activities on arrival in the province was a tour of the Mariana Grajales Plaza de la Revolución, where he paid homage to the Mother of the Homeland.
Accompanied by Denny Legrá Azahares, a member of the Party Central Committee and first Party secretary in the province, the activist was then received at the headquarters of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power, where its President Nancy Acosta Hernández explained the key features of the territory.
During the encounter López Rivera was presented with the city’s Commemorative Seal by Henry Rodríguez Terrero, president of the Municipal Assembly of People’s Power of Guantánamo; while Rafael Pérez Fernández, a Central Committee member and first Party secretary in the municipality, presented the Puerto Rican activist with a statuette of José Martí, in recognition of his years of struggle and unwavering resistance against imperialism.