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Hundreds protest in Puerto Rico against proposed tax

March 3, 2015

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of people in Puerto Rico are protesting against a proposed 16 percent value-added tax aimed at generating revenue for the government of the heavily indebted U.S. territory.

Teachers, doctors and university students were among those who arrived Tuesday at the seaside Capitol building to demand that legislators vote against the bill.

Legislators are holding public hearings on the proposal, which also would provide income tax breaks.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced last week that the tax would not apply to private education following multiple complaints from parents.

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