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Puerto Ricans protest in Washington at size of hurricane aid package

Protesters slam money allocated as peanuts and claim they are treated as "second class" US citizens.

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Puerto Ricans protest in Washington at size of hurricane aid package

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Protesters have gathered in front of the US Capitol asking for more federal support for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

Critics argue that not enough money has been appropriated to deal with disaster relief on the debt-burdened US territory.

The White House has sent Congress a 44 billion dollar disaster aid request, but that immediately came under attack by lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small.

In addition to relief, the protesters also demanded the abolition of the Jones Act, which insists that only US-owned vessels are allowed to ship goods to Puerto Rico — a law that was temporarily suspended following
Hurricane Maria.