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(Studio) United Nations committee begins hearings with regard to United Nations support of Puerto Rico's bid for independence.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(San Juan, PR) Econ. growth cited. 60% of families live on income below federal government's poverty level. Unemployment 30%. Tourism off 18% last winter. [Puerto Rico Independence party Senator Ruben BERRIOS - says Puerto Rico has highest drug addiction rate; highest criminal rate; highest mental incapacity, highest prostitution in hemisphere. Puerto Rico myth coming to end.] Puerto Rico says they need more of own economy rules. [Governor Rafael Hernandez COLON - says room for Puerto Rico initiatives.] Companies investing here could be offered freedom from taxation. [Econ. planner Teodoro MOSCOSO - says Puerto Rico life span increased. More people in college. Ind. development created more jobs.] Moscoso cites population problem. A lot of concern with regard to American decolonialization.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne
- Mudd, Roger;
- Schakne, Robert
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