~~April 30, 2018~~
Puerto Ricans Strike on May Day
~WILL GATHER AGAIN THIS YEAR~
The people of Puerto Rico are beyond being tired!
They are organizing to express their feelings toward the overall status of the Island as well as the way the after effects of Hurricane María have been dealt with.
There are some towns in the Island that still do not have restored electric power.
The 2018 hurricane season is around the corner.
No other option but strike! Take to the streets!
Anger spreads across Puerto Rico over lack of basic services
Protests will block roads in Puerto Rico’s capital as May Day demonstrators angered by a long economic crisis march against looming austerity measures and demand an audit to identify those responsible for running up $70 billion in public debt.
Puerto Rico is struggling to emerge from a recession caused in part by previous administrations that for decades borrowed billions of dollars to cover budget deficits.
In June 2015 the island’s then-governor announced that the debt was unpayable, and the government has since racked up multimillion-dollar defaults on government-issued bonds that were popular because they were triple tax-exempt.
By DANICA COTO, Associated Press
Apr 24, 2018
Puerto Rico’s Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and María.
The agencies have been given five days to present a plan on how and when they will address the needs of rural towns, an order that came as police in a small mountain town blocked power crews from leaving Tuesday. Joining the protest was the mayor and dozens of people who noted that nearly 40% of Las Piedras’ inhabitants were still without electricity service as crews prepared to leave for another town on company orders.
“This is unfair,” 62-year-old town resident Rafael Jimenez said by phone.
“I don’t have a problem with other towns getting power because it’s a national necessity, but we need it, too.”
The standoff caught the attention of top Puerto Rico government officials and ended several hours later after the power company promised it would keep crews in Las Piedras until service is fully restored.
Justo Gonzalez, the company’ executive sub director, said in a statement that he is committed to restoring power to everyone but that blocking crews would only delay those efforts.
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