Dozens of university students took to the streets in San Juan Wednesday to protest severe education cuts that are part of an austerity plan to alleviate Puerto Rico's staggering debt.
About 21 policemen were hurt as students clashed with security members when they tried to enter the Legislative Assembly to show their indignation against the elimination of a project to audit the country's nearly US$73 billion debt.
Pagan says the organization believes this was done to ensure citizens "don't know how the unpayable debt was acquired," and criticized current governor Ricardo Rossello.
The students also staged a recent protest in the famous Milla de Oro, a nickname given to a part of the Ponce de Leon Avenue in San Juan, also called the Wall Street of the Caribbean for the presence of international banks and financial companies.
Puerto Rico is considered a “commonwealth” by the U.S. and has been a colony since 1898 after ceding from the Spanish empire. This condition which bars the island from filing for bankruptcy.
Puerto Ricans currently do not have the right to vote in presidential elections and have no voting powers in the U.S. Congress.