With the release of the Anne Krueger Report the economic formula to pay back the bondholders included a bundle of austerity measures that, according to some, could create a humanitarian crisis in the island.
Now, with a hike in the sales tax from 7.5 to 12.5 percent, and the cost of living expected to continue rising Puerto Ricans in the islandÂ are barely managing. A sense of despair could be felt from the moment I stepped out of the plane.Â
Different groups have used events, or taken to the streets, to denounce the new, and proposed, economic measures by the government.Â I have joined the walks, protest and events looking to document the face of a Puerto Rico that is fighting to hold on.
1. Julio Muriente, co president of the MINH, Hostosian National Independence Movement, speaks at the 147 commemoration of the 'Grito de Lares,'Â a 1868 event where a group of Puerto Ricans took hold of the town of Lares and declared the independent Republic of Puerto Rico. The Spanish military took back the control within a day. The banner reads: "The debt is not ours... Is from the Empire!"
2. Members from the Federation of Teachers of P.R. stand in front of the Capitol during a protest against a proposed plan for the education system that could allegedly lead the privatization of the public schools in the island.