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Thousands protest government layoffs in Puerto Rico - AP/guardian.co.uk
Tens of thousands of workers shut down San Juan's financial district today as they marched to protest the impending layoffs of 30,000 government employees.
Clutching banners and banging tambourines, the protesters blasted the island's newly elected governor Luis Fortuno on his plan that would save $2bn (Â£1.8bn) a year to defuse a budget deficit and affect about 14% of the public work force.
The work stoppage organised by five of Puerto Rico's largest labour unions froze public transportation, interrupted classes and shuttered dozens of offices.
"We have decided to suspend our work to ... demand something very simple: that no one be laid off," said teachers' union leader Rafael Feliciano.
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