Aug. 7 — Workers World Party/Mundo Obrero (USA) denounces the seizure of the Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera today by the authorities in Panama. López Rivera was headed toward Bolivia, where he was to take part in the international seminar, “América en disputa” (Latin America in the Balance), starting today in the city of Santa Cruz. He was held in the airport in Panama and is to be deported to Puerto Rico, even though he was carrying a legitimate passport and had finished his term in the prisons of the United States.
We demand that López Rivera be released so he can attend the meeting.
— Larry Holmes, first secretary, Workers World Party/Mundo Obrero (USA)
Bulletin: After receiving protests, Panamanian authorities permitted López Rivera to continue his trip.