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Porto Rico Government Shut Down!

2006/05/01

IBAP: PORTO-RICO May 1, 2006

Between chronic mismanagement from the Florida-Caribbea War of 2004 until today and legislative inaction, the government of Porto-Rico is now facing bankruptcy, and has shut down all non-emergency services. At present only hospitals and security forces remain active.

Legislators have opposed any form of sales tax or increase of the tax rate. When plans were brought forward to seek a reconstruction loan, they were immediately shot-down.

Last week and again today protests were held to demand that the legislators reach an agreement that would allow the children to return to school and the government to again function.

A public opinion poll among the protestors brought clear the situation: “I’m afraid of anarchy. We’ve seen what happened in Saint-Domingue and the massive effort that it’s taken, is taking to get them back on their feet,” said Anibal Acevedo. “I don’t want that for my Porto-Rico, none of us do.”

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