Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Accept Clinton's Clemency Offer

StorySeptember 08, 1999
Watch iconWatch Full Show

Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Accept Clinton’s Clemency Offer

Twelve Puerto Rican political prisoners yesterday accepted a conditional clemency offer from President Clinton, after law enforcement agencies, Congressional Republicans and First Lady Hillary Clinton mounted pressure on the president to withdraw the offer.

Clinton offered clemency to 16 members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, the Puerto Rican independence group known as the FALN, but two members are not expected to accept the offer. Under the terms of the agreement, the activists must renounce violence, refrain from meeting with other independence leaders and obey stringent guidelines barring them from using weapons.

None of the prisoners have been convicted of violent acts. But Congressional Republicans, law enforcement agencies and eventually Hillary Clinton turned violence it into a central issue when they expressed their opposition to the clemency offer, saying that the activists had not renounced violence.

The clemency offer has erupted into a political issue for the First Lady, who is an all but declared candidate for a Senate seat in New York, where there is a large Latino population.

Guest:

  • Michael Deutsch, Attorney in Chicago who represents several of the prisoners.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation