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Oscar Lopez Rivera, the Puerto Rican nationalist who spent more than three decades behind bars for his role in a violent struggle for independence from the U.S., will be celebrated as a hero upon his early release Wednesday and honored next month in New York City's massive Puerto Rican Day parade.

"We have to thank him for giving his life for our island," said Nelson Cortes, a 45-year-old waiter who supports Puerto Rican independence. "It's exactly what we need right now."

But Lopez Rivera's story isn't that simple: He was a member of the leftist group FALN that claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings across New York, Chicago, Washington and...

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