Another sponsor has abandoned the Puerto Rican Day Parade: Spanish-language media giant Univision.
“WXTV Univision 41, WADO 1280AM and La X 96.3 will not be sponsors of this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade,” Univision Communications said in a statement on behalf of its radio and TV stations.
“Our station’s news team will continue to provide news coverage of the event, as we do with other similar events of this size in our community. In lieu of participating, we will redirect funds to the organizer’s scholarship fund to benefit Puerto Rican students,” the company said.
Univision joins AT&T, Coca-Cola, Corona, Goya Foods and the New York Yankees in withdrawing from the June 11 march after parade organizers decided to honor FALN terror-group leader Oscar López Rivera.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also said he was skipping the event, citing a “scheduling conflict.”
Other sponsors are staying in. CUNY is not only sponsoring the parade, it’s also renting out one of its facilities to celebrate López Rivera’s release.
He will be the featured speaker at a June 8 “celebration” at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, which is renting out its main theater.
The FALN was behind many attacks, including the 1975 bombing of Fraunces Tavern in the Financial District, which left four dead.
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