ACLU rips officials for citing 'terrorism' in general strike - Puerto Rico Daily Sun - 08/10/09

Oct 8, 2009 Full story:

Front Page Photo - Puerto Rico Daily Sun by Humberto Trias: More than 1,000 activists participated in a march organized by the Popular Democratic Party in Old San Jaun on Wednesday to protest the Fortuño administration's public policy of reducing the size of the government through layoffs. The protesters, headed by 20 government employees who received their dismissal letters, walked from Plaza Colón to La Fortaleza carrying signs saying "Give me back my job" and "We want to work."

Front Page Headline: Mitigation plan ready - Daco, retail associations say there will be food, gas during strike

BY EVA LLORENS VELEZ - DaiIy Sun staff - ellorens@prdailysun.net

The Fortuño administration is trying to scare public workers into not participating in the Oct. 15 general strike with its threats that protesters will be charged with engaging in acts of terrorism if they prevent the flow of goods and passengers at airports and seaports, American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director William Ramírez said Wednesday.

According to Ramírez, such actions do not qualify as "terrorism."

"Calling individuals who are exercising their right to protest terrorists is dangerous in a democracy, and I am very worried about the turn of events. These are public servants," Ramírez said. "[Officials) are sowing fear because no one wants to be labeled a terrorist."

Earlier this week, Justice Secretary Antonio Sagardía and Police Superintendent José Figueroa Sancha warned organizers of the Oct. 15 general work stoppage that they could be charged with engaging in terrorism if they block access to ports or the airport, because they would be interfering with interstate commerce. In a radio interview Wednesday, Gov. Fortuño also described such actions as terrorism.

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#1 Oct 8, 2009
I and all my friends who live in Puerto Rico plan to stay home all day October 15. We are treating this general strike the same way when we receive a warning from the weather service that a major hurricane is heading towards Puerto Rico. I hope and pray that there will be no violence or destruction of property.

I firmly believe in rule by the majority with respect for the minority. Democracy does not function by who makes the loudest noise or who can intimidate the opposition. Law #7 was legally passed. We need to ask if it is a fair law and if it is ... respect it. If it is an unfair law, vote for a better and fairer law.

Since: Aug 09

Flushing, NY

#2 Oct 11, 2009
We are going to protest in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico. And we are going to rip a hole into the U.S congress if they don't free our Political prisoners. And we are going to rip a whole into Barack Obama next election bid. The empire is sinking economically. And we will finish it for all the years it has occupied our lands. Watch this we are going to build huge.
An observer

Carolina, Puerto Rico

#3 Oct 17, 2009
UY: WTF? We didn't vote this law in. Actually, we don't vote on any laws, period. The Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico does.

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