Yes, Students Protested in San Juan on May 13 and the US Media Ignored It

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We waited a few hours to write this post just to give the U.S. mainstream media a chance to actually cover a day of some very intense protests in Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon.

As of tonight (around 12:05amET on May 14), we can safely conclude that very little coverage (if any, to be quite honest) ever even appeared in U.S. English-language media. The only English language piece we found was a story by Prensa Latina:

San Juan, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of members of the Puerto Rican university community rejected the possible cuts to the budget of state University of Puerto Rico, in a massive march because of the fiscal crisis of the island.

Students, teachers, investigators and non-teaching workers of the UPR and members of private universities met at the Capitol of San Juan to march up to La Fortaleza, the host of the Puerto Rican Executive.

That was pretty much it as of this initial posting, even though #11Recintos1UPR was active for most of the day, as well as #MarchaUPR.

There were even reports that a Pepsi bottle filled with aluminum and a chemical had detonated very near the La Fortaleza (the governor’s mansion). There were no injuries, but we do think that if a bomb-like device had gone off near where an elected official on the mainland was, it would be on a constant 24/7 constant loop coverage. Images from the live stream of El Nuevo Día also were shared throughout social media all day in Puerto Rico.

And by the end of the day, student leaders were meeting with Governor Alejandro García Padilla.

Yet we guess that such news shouldn’t be reported to the rest of the United States. If you want to read more about what happened, you need to live in Latin America and know Spanish.

By the way, it looks like the student protests are just beginning to pick up momentum, with reports (in Spanish, of course) that a student strike will be happening this week. Four years ago, student protests on the island lasted for months.

 


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