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During the ceremony held June 29, the distinction was also awarded to the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), the Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (Ospaaal) and the Continental Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Students (OCLAE).

During the event, Fernando González Llort, decorated Hero of the Republic of Cuba and vice president of ICAP, speaking on behalf of the institution, noted that the Cuban people will continue to support Puerto Rico in its struggle for self-determination.

Co-President of the country’s Hostosian National Independence Movement, Wilma Reverón, highlighted the strong links of solidarity and fraternity between Puerto Rico and Cuba.

The act was presided over by José Ramón Balaguer, a member of the PCC Secretariat and head of the organization’s International Relations department; Kenia Serrano, ICAP president; and Edwin Gon­zález, delegate for the Puerto Rican Mission in Cuba.

Also present were Clarissa López, daughter of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, incarcerated 35 years ago in the United States for his pro-independence activism.