Maria blasts Puerto Rico, anarchists demand order, power be restored

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A Puerto Rico anarchist surveys the damage caused by Hurricane Maria. Photo: Reuters.

Puerto Rico may be without power for months after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory with Category 4 winds that turned the island into an anarchist’s nightmare.

“How can we organize if there’s no power?” said one anarchist leader outside his destroyed house in the capital of San Juan. “We need power for the people, and if Governor Rosselló can’t give it to us, we’re going to fuck up his shit.”

Other anarchists holed up in the Sheraton Old San Juan complained that the storm has left them unemployed.

“We were supposed to break windows and tip over cars this weekend,” said Jean Robert Gomez, throwing his empty Starbucks cup to the ground in disgust. “What the fuck are we supposed to do now? Clean up?”

Gomez’s colleague, who refused to be identified, said some of his anarchist cell members were out looting homes and businesses. “Honestly, I don’t see the point,” he said. “It’s a fucking disaster out there. What left that’s worth looting?”

“No shit,” said Gomez. “Puerto Rico was $73 billion in debt before the storm. If the Democratic governor can’t get the power back on and get us back to work, I’ll probably have to become a Republican.”

 

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