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Puerto Rico Anti-Austerity Protests Continue, Defying Police Violence

HeadlineMay 03, 2018

Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico, hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of San Juan Wednesday, following up on massive May Day protests against austerity measures. The protesters are also demanding the repeal of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA, which created an unelected, federally appointed control board with sweeping powers to run Puerto Rico’s economy. This is Jorge Díaz, one of the protesters.

Jorge Díaz: “My name is Jorge Díaz. I’m the artistic director of AgitArte, a cultural solidarity organization based in Santurce Sur, Barrio-Santurce, Puerto Rico. And we’re here today on the 2nd of May to continue the celebration and resistance of May Day. On May Day, where we were yesterday, in Hato Rey, and we got attacked by the police and the state for marching, for defending our rights. So we’re here today again to let them know that no matter if we get arrested, no matter if we get banged on, gassed, pepper-sprayed, we’re going to be here, and we’re going to defend, because this is about our rights and about our people and about our communities.”

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