As of May 1, the people of Puerto Rico are in a general strike. Thousands of protesters blocked the roads in San Juan yesterday. They also stopped traffic near San Juan’s international airport, and shut down the bus system throughout most of the island.
Demonstrators also marched through the island’s financial center in Hato Rey, exclaiming that “Ricky is selling the island!” They yelled in reference to Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who is planning to privatize most of Puerto Rico…
Dozens of labor unions and university student groups marched in protests throughout the island.
Large office buildings in Hato Rey were boarded up or surrounded by fencing.
Police used pepper spray, tear gas, and smoke bombs against the demonstrators.
Rene Perez, also known as Residente, joined the marches and addressed the demonstrators.
The general strike is the first of many confrontations expected between the people of Puerto Rico, and the “austerity” plan of the US Financial Control Board and Gov. Ricky Roselló, who is planning to approve dozens of “Public Private Partnerships” between Puerto Rico and US corporations.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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