Government workers in Puerto Rico held a one-day strike on Thursday to protest Gov. Luis Fortuño’s plan to reduce the commonwealth’s workforce by 17,000 to help close a $3.2 billion structural budget deficit.
Thousands of protestors converged outside San Juan in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico’s financial district, to show their opposition to the layoffs. The island’s unemployment rate stands at 15.8%. Overall, the demonstration was peaceful. Several businesses, including the island’s largest shopping center, and schools in the area did close, according to the Center for the New Economy, a nonpartisan think tank in San Juan.