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Clinton Wins Puerto Rico Primary; Protesters Denounce Support for Debt Bill

HeadlineJun 06, 2016

Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic primary in Puerto Rico, as California and five other states prepare to vote in key primaries on Tuesday. As Puerto Rican residents voted Sunday, here in New York protesters rallied outside Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters to protest her support for a bill to address Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. The bill establishes an oversight board critics say will have near-total control over Puerto Rico’s finances. Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders, has opposed the measure known as PROMESA, or Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act. David Galarza of United Against PROMESA denounced Clinton’s support of the legislation.

David Galarza: “We’re here specifically in front of 1 Pierrepont Plaza, which is the national headquarters for Hillary Clinton, who is a presidential candidate, who’s running today in the primary in Puerto Rico, where the people do have a primary vote but cannot vote in general elections, to tell her loud and clear that the diaspora, boricuas living here, and our allies that believe in freedom and justice and truth are opposed to PROMESA for all it represents. Bernie Sanders has been very clear in his opposition on PROMESA, and we applaud him for that. But Hillary is not—is not that clear, or she’s saying that she supports this PROMESA bill with all its warts and with all its problems.”

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