Some 1,900 police officers across Puerto Rico have gone on strike to demand a better public pension plan

The absences are expected to continue through the weekend and prompted several mayors to declare a state of emergency.

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said the U.S. territory will be in a better position to address the officers’ demands once it emerges from a bankruptcy-like process to restructure a portion of its more than $70 billion public debt load.

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