teachers marching in San Juan last week before the strike started
Teachers in Puerto Rico who walked out on 21st February have faced attacks from the island's police
After the failure of the government to come up with improved salaries for teachers, smaller classes and improved school infrastructure, teachers leaders called the strike for last Thursday. Teachers in Puerto Rico earn a third less than those on the US mainland.
At least ten striking teachers have been arrested and one teacher was seen bleeding from the head outside a school in the capital San Juan. However union members at the school said they would not be intimidated. Union members in Puerto Rico have the added problem that the state government may attempt to use the law against them. Puerto Rico has a law which makes disruption of public education illegal. This does not appear to extend to chronic underfunding however.