Last Friday found us again in Viejo San Juan. Once we arrive, we like to take a walk and always take a camera in case we see something about which we would like to blog or remember. This demonstration was beginning in Plaza de Armas, Viejo San Juan's main plaza or square. The workers are protesting the termination of about 17,000 workers from the government payroll. I moved in really close to them for the photographs and they seemed quite pleased for me to be shooting them, along with the other news media photographers. As a slight aside, please note the blue cobblestones on the street. Those cobblestones are said to have been used as ballast in ships that came to San Juan from Spain centuries ago. The cobblestones are very thick, quite blue and beautiful in the sunlight.
They marched through the streets to a platform set up a block from La Forteleza, the govenor's residence. As the Governor was the one to do the terminations, the demonstration was directed at him. The demonstrators were not allowed any closer to the residence. While loud and stident in their voices and speeches, the crowd was law abiding and respectful of property and those of us watching them. We on the Island take our politics and our political views very personally and public demonstrations of those views are acceptable and expected.