The Street is the BATTLEGROUND...San Juan SHUTDOWN!!!!
THE PROTESTS BEGIN!!!!!!
SAN JUAN, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Puerto Rican public workers protesting layoffs shut down the center of the capital San Juan on Thursday in a one-day strike that closed many government offices, businesses and schools.
Labor unions in the U.S. Caribbean island territory called the 24-hour stoppage to protest the firing of thousands of workers by the government, which is trying to shrink a $3.2 billion budget deficit.
While Governor Luis Fortuno insisted the layoffs were essential to cut government spending and bolster the island's credit rating, around 50,000 protesters packed Roosevelt Avenue, the main thoroughfare of the central Hato Rey financial district in San Juan, witnesses said.
Most government offices and schools, and many businesses remained closed on Thursday during the strike protest, which was also backed by religious and student organizations.
"The street will be our battleground. There will only be peace when those that govern respect the will of the people," said Methodist Minister Juan Vera, who addressed the protesters along with labor leaders and other personalities.
NOW WE FEEL..............................
Money is simply running out, sales are declining and layoffs are accelerating......
Police now posess militarized crowd control devices, blackhawks have been trained for urban distrubances.........guess what is next as more and more get fired and bankers get billions in bonuses and free money from the taxpayers.