#PuertoRico has not been able to bounce back since #HurricaneMaria struck the island and caused an estimated $100 billion in damages back in September. Now, it will be much harder for the island to recover as the government has proposed a plan to eliminate $72 billion in debt while trying to claw its way out of an 11-year long recession and restore power to more than 30,000 people affected by Hurricane Maria.

The budget cuts will bring pension cuts, less hurricane relief, and about 280 school closures. Thousands of teachers, students, union workers and retirees protested in front of the capital yesterday for annual #MayDay protests. According to @LATimes, the protest was peaceful until a much younger group of protesters began to clash with police in the #HatoRey district. They threw rocks at them while the police sprayed rubber bullets into the crowd and fired tear gas. Several people were arrested after setting a palm tree on fire.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello of the New Progressive Party was not pleased with the violence and expressed his disapproval. He believes that the behavior tarnished the reputation of Puerto Rico. “Freedom of expression cannot turn against … the safety of human beings,” he said. “This kind of violence damages the good name of Puerto Rico.”

Take a look at some footage of the protests and tell us your thoughts:

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Source: LA Times

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