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Puerto Ricans decry austerity, hurricane help at hearing

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Mar 15, 2019 6:42 PM 1+ mon ago

The crowd came from cities and towns across the island and included students, retirees, people in construction boots and others in high heels. Some even brought gamecocks to protest a recent federal ban on the island's cockfighting industry.

Legislators heard dozens of brief speeches that ranged from unfair treatment by the federal government to homes without proper roofs to shrinking pension funds, with some speeches loudly interrupted by those who support statehood. Behind some speakers, the crowd held signs including "Prosecute bankers," "Cancel the Debt" and "No more PROMESA," referring to the law that created the federal control board that oversees the island's finances and has imposed various austerity measures amid a 12-year recession.

"It's not fair to cut pensions to the elderly because it goes against the law. It's not fair that cockfighting businesses lose their industry because it ...

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