Parents in Puerto Rico have completed 100 days of occupation in the Jose Melendez de Manati school. This is just one of over 150 schools in the country which have been closed - all in low income areas, according to the Puerto Rico teachers union (FMPR). 92% of the children in the Manati school for example come from low income families.

The protesters have repeatedly stopped officials from entering the building, which is surrounded by placards, with slogans like: 'this is my school and I want to defend it!' The children are expected to go to a school many miles away, which will have oversized classes and a restricted curriculum.

As we have already reported, a group of hedge funds is demanding that Puerto Rico sacks teachers and closes schools, so that it can repay the huge debt it 'owes' them. The 34 hedge funds, who bought parcels of the country's debt, commissioned former International Monetary Fund economists to produce the proposals, which said that the country's education system was 'massively overspending.'

Meanwhile, US corporations continue to use Puerto Rico, which is nominally a part of the US, as a tax haven. Heaping irony on irony, one such corporation is MIcrosoft, the mothership of the Gates Foundation, which purports to be committed to improving education in the US. According to one report:

Microsoft, routes its domestic operations through Puerto Rican holdings to reduce taxes on its profits to 1.02 percent – a huge savings from the U.S. corporate tax rate of 35 percent. Over three years, Microsoft saved $4.5 billion in taxes on goods sold in the U.S. alone. That’s a saving of $4 million a day.

As parents in Puerto Rico continue to fight, 12 parents in Chicago are on the 22nd day of a hunger strike for Dyett School - another community school in a low income area. This is a global fight and FMPR has used social media to express its support to the Dyett strikers - such global solidarity is vital if we are to fight back against this global project to strangle public education and privatise it.