华盛顿有群众示威要求增加对波多黎各救灾援助

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月20日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

华盛顿有群众示威要求增加对波多黎各救灾援助
华盛顿有群众示威要求增加对波多黎各救灾援助

星期日在美国首都华盛顿,数以千计的人沿着国家大草坪游行到美国国会大厦,要求为受到飓风摧残的波多黎各提供更多的救灾援助。

在玛丽亚飓风袭击波多黎各全岛两个月后,大约340万人口中有一半仍没有电,另一些人没有自来水。

一名示威者说:“我们在波多黎各有男女老少在受苦,我们需要帮助美国同胞……我们需要使波多黎各再次伟大”。

还有人抱怨说,他们认为白宫对此漠不关心,因为波多黎各是美国的领地,而不是一个州,而且不像遭受飓风袭击的德克萨斯州和佛罗里达州那样在美国大陆。

星期天的许多抗议者要求白宫废除所谓的“琼斯法案”(Jones Act),1920年的这项法律规定,只有悬挂美国国旗的船只才能将货物从一个美国港口运到另一个港口,这就排除了外国船只。

为了向波多黎各提供救济物资,该法律被豁免。但批评人士说,在豁免之前,该法律妨碍了急需的救济品的运送工作。

一些游行者也呼吁华盛顿免除波多黎各的730亿美元的债务,这是川普总统所建议的。

白宫上周向国会要求为波多黎各,佛罗里达州和德克萨斯州再提供四百四十亿美元的飓风补助。有些批评川普的人称这一要求微不足道。

Thousands March in DC for More Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico

Thousands marched in Washington, D.C., along the National Mall to the U.S. Capitol Sunday to demand more disaster aid for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Two months after Hurricane Maria tore across the island, about half of its 3.4 million population still has no electricity and others have no running water.

"We have men and women in Puerto Rico who are suffering. We need to help out our fellow Americans...we need to make Puerto Rico great again," one demonstrator said.

Others complained about what they see as indifference from the Trump White House because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory - not a state - and is not on the U.S. mainland like hurricane-battered Texas and Florida.

Many of Sunday's protesters demanded the White House scrap what is known as the Jones Act - a 1920 law that says only U.S.-flagged ships - no foreign vessels - can carry goods from one U.S. port to another.

The law was waived in the case of bringing relief supplies to Puerto Rico. But critics say badly-needed relief could have been delivered during the time it took to suspend the rules.

Some of the marchers are also calling on Washington to forgive Puerto Rico's $73 billion debt -- something that President Donald Trump has suggested.

The White House asked Congress last week for another $44 billion hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas. Some Trump critics call that request paltry.