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Puerto Rico gov’t won’t hold July 4 celebration

By on July 3, 2017

Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín (Courtesy)

SAN JUAN – Given the difficult economic situation affecting the island, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló decided not to hold official activities for the Fourth of July. Instead, Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin, will deliver a televised message to be broadcast at 5 a.m. by WIPR, Channel 6.

Rivera Marín said the administration didn’t want to spend money, but will commemorate the 241st anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence with a televised message that will highlight “the principles of equality and dignity” of its citizens.

The secretary added that his agency, which is in charge of coordinating the government’s official acts, aims to prevent excess spending, particularly in commemorative celebrations, in order to tackle the island’s economic crisis.

“Puerto Rico is facing difficult situations and we must face them so the people understand that we are acting correctly,” Rivera Marín emphasized, explaining that his discourse will be broadcast every hour to honor “the men and women who shed blood and gave their lives to defend democracy.”

“Puerto Rico is facing difficult situations and we have to face them so the people understand we are acting the right way,” Rivera Marín stressed, adding that his message will be transmitted hourly to honor the “men and women who shed their blood and gave their lives to defend democracy.”

 

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