Puerto Rican education, healthcare threatened

This video from the USA says about itself:

Puerto Rico’s Financial Future Now in the Hands of a Single Judge Overseeing Massive Bankruptcy

9 May 2017

Puerto Rico has announced plans to close 179 public schools just days after filing for a form of bankruptcy protection, seeking to restructure $123 billion in debt and pension obligations, in the largest local government insolvency in U.S. history. The move is likely to slash money for healthcare, pensions and infrastructure. The territory petitioned for relief under Title III of the PROMESA law, which recognizes that Puerto Rico is not part of any state and must in some ways be treated as sovereign. Puerto Rico is legally barred from using Chapter 9, the bankruptcy route normally taken by insolvent local governments.

See also here.

On Saturday May 13, students from the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) marched in San Juan to denounce the government’s austerity measures and attempts to criminalize their protests. A student strike at the main campus of the island’s university system has entered its fifth week: here.

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  2. Tuesday 13th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    PUERTO RICO’S governor claimed victory on Sunday night after voters backed US statehood — but on a 23 per cent turnout.

    Governor Ricardo Rossello told some 200 supporters in the capital San Juan: “The United States of America will have to obey the will of our people!”

    The US Congress, the only body which can approve a new state, will now decide whether to change the status of the Caribbean island colony.

    More than 500,000 people backed becoming the 51st US state in Sunday’s non-binding plebiscite. Some 7,800 favoured the option of free association or independence and 6,800 preferred the status quo.

    But three opposition parties which urged their supporters to boycott the vote called the low turnout a failure for Mr Rossello’s plan to join the union.

    “Whoever claims that statehood triumphed is being intellectually dishonest,” said former governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla. “The boycott defeated statehood.”

    As subjects of one of five US overseas territories, Puerto Ricans have US citizenship and vote in presidential elections but have only one congressional representative with limited voting powers.

    “We have been a colony for 500 years and we have had US citizenship for 100 years, but it’s been a second-class one,” Mr Rosello said.

    In New York, recently freed independence leader Oscar Lopez drew cheers and boos as he rode a float in the city’s Puerto Rico Day parade.

    The National Liberation Armed Forces leader, who had his life sentence … commuted by former US president Barack Obama, shouted: “This is for the Puerto Rican people!”



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