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Diaspora Group Supports Protest Against Federal Fiscal Board

By on June 25, 2016

SAN JUAN – Call to Action on Puerto Rico, a group comprising Puerto Rican diaspora residents of New York and other stateside cities, is urging the adoption of a “rebellious and militant” attitude at a demonstration Saturday against the establishment of a federal financial control board for the island. The People’s Assembly is meeting at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Hato Rey.

The Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan (Mtmelendez photo)

The Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan (Mtmelendez photo)

The collective of diaspora groups and individuals seeks solutions to the island’s fiscal crisis from an “anticolonial perspective.” It carries out educational activities and demonstrations it believes are “for the well-being of our people on the island.”

“For the democratic rights of our community…we affirm that the so-called fiscal debt is unpayable, immoral and illegal. The way it is designed only benefits Wall Street investment firms and corporate capital,” the group says in a statement.

“In Washington, representatives and senators of the empire push measures to effect payment to bondholders and continue the plundering of our national heritage and the wealth produced by our working people,” its release reads.

The group states: “The imminent imposition of a federal fiscal board’s dictatorship is producing a movement of people in [Puerto Rico] and the diaspora rejecting it.

“Action, demonstrations and protests will increase in Puerto Rico and the communities where Puerto Ricans live in the U.S. [mainland], all of which will contribute to the people’s educational process and unmasking a predatory empire. We are certain this collective search for answers will culminate in the breakup of the opprobrious empire-colony relationship.”

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