Sovereign Union Movement Protests Against Fiscal Control Board
SAN JUAN – Sovereign Union Movement (MUS by its Spanish acronym) President María de Lourdes Guzmán urged Puerto Rico’s political sectors to unite to “defend our dignity as a people” and adamantly reject the imposition of a fiscal control board by the U.S. Congress.
The politician stressed in published remarks “the need for the people to demonstrate against the imposition of the board,” and called for people to join in a protest Tuesday in front of the Federal District Court in San Juan.
She also asked the island’s political leadership to carry out concerted actions to request that the U.S. government “put forth a serious process of decolonization, to seek a solution to the centenarian issue that is Puerto Rico’s status, which keeps our people divided and hinders the design of a national plan that would lead to social justice, to our economic development and the well-being of all Puerto Ricans.
“With the imposition of a fiscal control board arising from the financial debacle in our country, Puerto Rico would be governed by people who have not been elected, who have no link with our reality as a people and who are unaware of the suffering caused and being caused by this crisis,” the party president stated.
In her view, a federally appointed control board would have “the task to manage and administer our finances to ensure the debt with bondholders will be paid.”
Guzmán believes “this would entail the usurping of political government branches, [lead to an] unprecedented social crisis, the further impoverishment of our people and an increase of the exodus we have been experiencing in the past decade.”
Therefore, in her view, “the imposition of the Fiscal Control Board should be rejected by all sectors, regardless of political ideology…because it hurts everyone. In addition, the increasingly real possibility that the board is established reveals that people are subordinate to the will of the federal government.
“No one can be satisfied with this. The imposition of the board represents a serious threat to social peace in the country, so this historical moment requires the unification of the political leadership to prevent this from happening,” she argued.
She added that opposition to the implementation of the board “is not enough if we do not address the underlying problem: the subordinate status our country experiences that positions us defenseless against the possibility of the board’s imposition, which impedes us from developing our own economy that would allow Puerto Rico to become a sustainable country that could the meet economic and social needs of our people.”
Inter News Service