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Teachers urged to join march against electrical grid operator

The Puerto Rico Teachers Association is calling on educators to join Friday’s march against LUMA Energy.

By John McPhaul

Teachers Association (AMPR by its Spanish initials) President Víctor Bonilla Sánchez on Wednesday called on teachers to join the march against LUMA Energy on Friday at 5 p.m. on Las Américas Expressway.

“All the people are suffering the consequences of this nefarious contract,” Bonilla Sánchez said. “This is not about colors, it is about the government being the one who has the duty to oversee this company, that what it offers us is poor service and after that, now they intend to increase the cost of electricity.”

Sybaris Morales Paniagua, the acting general secretary of the AMPR Local Union, added that countless school communities have been affected by frequent blackouts.

“At the end of the day, those who pay the consequences are our children and young people who are the future of this country,” she said. “It seems that it has not been enough with María, earthquakes, pandemics and now also having an additional concern with this situation of electricity. We are tired; enough of the people paying the consequences of the politicians’ decisions.”

Bonilla Sánchez said the situation with LUMA Energy is serious and endangers lives on the island.

“We are talking about the fact that there are people whose health depends on electricity and are experiencing needs due to the inefficiency of this company,” he said. “That is why we have to march, because when people rise up there are always results.”

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