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Puerto Ricans demonstrate in fake prison cells to urge release of 70-year-old nationalist

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    Protester Edna Iris Rivera stands behind bars in a mock cell during a protest demanding the freedom of jailed pro-independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Lopez was sentenced to 55 years after his conviction in 1981 on charges that included seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery and interstate transportation of firearms as a member of the ultranationalist Armed Forces of National Liberation in a struggle for independence from the U.S. for the Caribbean island. He received an additional 15 years in 1988 after he was convicted of conspiring to escape from prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. Former President Bill Clinton offered in 1999 to release Lopez and 13 other Puerto Rican nationalists as part of what was at the time a politically sensitive clemency deal. Under the deal, Lopez would have had to serve 10 more years in prison. He rejected the offer because it did not include two comrades who have since been released. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (The Associated Press)

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    San Juan city Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz sits inside a mock cell during a protest demanding the freedom of jailed pro-independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Lopez was sentenced to 55 years after his conviction in 1981 on charges that included seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery and interstate transportation of firearms as a member of the ultranationalist Armed Forces of National Liberation in a struggle for independence from the U.S. for the Caribbean island. He received an additional 15 years in 1988 after he was convicted of conspiring to escape from prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. Former President Bill Clinton offered in 1999 to release Lopez and 13 other Puerto Rican nationalists as part of what was at the time a politically sensitive clemency deal. Under the deal, Lopez would have had to serve 10 more years in prison. He rejected the offer because it did not include two comrades who have since been released. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (The Associated Press)

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    Puerto Rico salsa singer Andy Montanez and his daughter Andrea sits inside a mock cell during a protest demanding the freedom of jailed pro-independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Lopez was sentenced to 55 years after his conviction in 1981 on charges that included seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery and interstate transportation of firearms as a member of the ultranationalist Armed Forces of National Liberation in a struggle for independence from the U.S. for the Caribbean island. He received an additional 15 years in 1988 after he was convicted of conspiring to escape from prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. Former President Bill Clinton offered in 1999 to release Lopez and 13 other Puerto Rican nationalists as part of what was at the time a politically sensitive clemency deal. Under the deal, Lopez would have had to serve 10 more years in prison. He rejected the offer because it did not include two comrades who have since been released. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (The Associated Press)

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    Clarissa Lopez, the daughter of Oscar lopez Rivera, locks herself in a mock prison cell during a protest demanding the freedom of her father, a pro-independence activist in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Lopez was sentenced to 55 years after his conviction in 1981 on charges that included seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery and interstate transportation of firearms as a member of the ultranationalist Armed Forces of National Liberation in a struggle for independence from the U.S. for the Caribbean island. He received an additional 15 years in 1988 after he was convicted of conspiring to escape from prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. Former President Bill Clinton offered in 1999 to release Lopez and 13 other Puerto Rican nationalists as part of what was at the time a politically sensitive clemency deal. Under the deal, Lopez would have had to serve 10 more years in prison. He rejected the offer because it did not include two comrades who have since been released. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of activists including pop star Ricky Martin are calling for the release of a 70-year-old Puerto Rican nationalist who was a member of a pro-independence militant group.

Protesters entered fake prison cells set up in several cities across the U.S. territory on Wednesday to raise awareness about Oscar Lopez.

Lopez was sentenced to 55 years in prison after a 1981 conviction on federal charges including seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery and interstate transportation of firearms. He was given an additional 15 years in 1988 after being convicted of conspiring to escape from prison.

Lopez declined a clemency offer by President Bill Clinton in 1999, while the U.S. Parole Commission in 2011 denied a request for early release. He is now in a U.S. prison in Indiana.