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San Juan mayor joins oversight board protests in Fajardo

By on November 18, 2016

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto is seen during a fiscal board protest in Fajardo.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto is seen during a fiscal board protest in Fajardo.

SAN JUAN – San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto joined protests against the fiscal oversight board created by Promesa, which was holding its third official meeting in Fajardo’s El Conquistador Resort on Friday.

In a radio interview with WKAQ, Cruz had said she would side with those convened by groups such as “Se acabaron las promesas” (Promises have run out), even if they are carried out on the El Conquistador Avenue and access to the hotel is prohibited.

“It is an abusive and anti-worker colonial board. These have been my expressions from the beginning and they will continue being my expressions,” the mayor stressed.

The capital’s mayor criticized that, contrary to what happened at the fiscal board’s previous meetings in New York, public access wasn’t be allowed when meeting in Puerto Rico.

“This is how we did it [when we protested against] Act 7 [Puerto Rico Emergency Moratorium & Financial Rehabilitation Act]. We were also sent to El Conquistador Avenue. The fact that they won’t do what they did in the United States [to allow public access]; why there, but not here? I don’t understand. Mustn’t we respect democracy in all places or is it that we are less capable here?” Cruz Soto questioned.

Gov.-elect Ricardo Rosselló will attend Friday’s meeting. Gov. Alejandro García Padilla did not attend, and had Secretary of State Víctor Suárez answer questions regarding the government’s cash flow, the main topic on the meeting’s agenda.

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