Puerto Rico mayor says the island is ‘inching close to a genocide’


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Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Mayor Carmen Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico delivered an emotional
message on Friday, amid the logistical difficulties and
bureaucratic red tape that has slowed down the
hurricane-relief effort on the island/

“We are dying here,” Cruz said in a press conference. “And I
cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world
cannot figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35
miles long.”

“So I am asking the president of the United States to make sure
somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives,”
Cruz continued. “If anybody is out there is listening to us, we
are dying. And you are killing us with the inefficiency and the

Hurricane Maria left many of the island’s 3.4 million
US citizens without basic utilities and resources.

Some of the outrage over the seemingly bungled relief effort was
directed at President Donald Trump. His administration on
Thursday lifted
an obscure shipping law
 that had been on the books since
1920 in order to quickly get more supplies to the island.

Cruz indicated she was losing patience with the US government:
“We will make it with or without you,” Cruz said, as she pointed
to a pallet of supplies behind her. “Because what stands behind
me is all due to the generosity of other people.”

“People are drinking off a creek. So I am done being polite. I am
done being politically correct. I am mad as hell,” Cruz
continued. “So I am asking the members of the press, to send a
mayday call all over the world. We are dying here.”

“And if it doesn’t stop, and if we don’t get the food and the
water into people’s hands, what we are going to see is something
close to a genocide.”

Watch Cruz’s comments below:


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