Residente and Cultura Profética Express Solidarity With Puerto Rican Students on Strike
Puerto Rican artist René Pérez, best known as Residente, and the reggae band Cultura Profética have shown solidarity with students from the University of Puerto Rico initiating strikes against the government, which has been cutting back on education funding due to the economic crisis the island is currently facing.
Via Twitter, the frontman of Calle 13 echoed the voices of students who took the streets of Puerto Rico to save the only public university in the country. "The University of Puerto Rico students are on lockdown, if the government does not hear them out, they will go on strike," tweeted Residente.
Los estudiantes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico están en paro, si el gobierno no escucha su reclamo se van a Huelga https://t.co/L0BYeZqhsX— Residente (@Residente) 17 de marzo de 2016
Meanwhile the "Le da igual" singers took to Facebook to commend the students for their actions. "Once more the students of the University of Puerto Rico are showing us what real discussions should be about. Showing commitment towards education, which should be a non-negotiable right. It's beautiful to see how they are at the university's service and not the country's. Cultura Profética is with all of you. Much respect."
Just this week, Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda called on Congress to help solve Puerto Rico's financial crisis. "We have a humanitarian crisis on our hands ... We face a financial crisis that triples anything you've experienced in the United States. It is a solvable, fixable crisis, and what we really need is help from Congress. What we need is the ability to restructure and get Puerto Rico out of the hole it's in," expressed the New York native on Capitol Hill during a press conference on Tuesday.