August 31, 2016, San Juan, Puerto Rico
People in the US territory, clashed with state police, in an attempt to shut down, the first PROMESA talks PROMESA stands for Puerto Rico Oversight Management Economic Stability Act, but it also means “promise” in Spanish. PROMESA is a US appointed control board, that will give 7 men control over the island’s economy, essentially nullifying the autonomy of the local government, with the aim of solve Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. People on the island say that this is proof of their country’s colonial status and promised to shut the meetings down. Police vehicles were attacked and vandalized, and most of the meeting’s participants were not able to enter the conference space.