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Unity March for Puerto Rico

The Unity March for Puerto Rico hits DC


Protesters on Sunday descended upon Washington, D.C. for the Unity March for Puerto Rico, an event aimed at helping the U.S. territory's economy as it recovers from Hurricane Maria.

Organizers on Sunday said in a press release before the march that it would feature speakers including Rep. Luis Guiterrez (D-IL) and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Demonstrators will demand that President Trump's administration eliminate the Jones Act, which mandates that American-made-and-operated vessels transport cargo between U.S. ports.

Protesters will also call for the cancellation of Puerto Rico's debt, an economic challenge that troubled the island before Maria struck in September.

Maria was a Category 5 hurricane, and Trump's administration has since faced criticism for its handling of the humanitarian crisis it caused on Puerto Rico.

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