Agents Police Bureau A protest against LUMA Energy organized in front of La Fortaleza in Old San Juan, for the second time in three days, was dispersed by tear gas. Four officers were injured overnight as people threw objects.
The third day of protests began around 5:00 pm with the arrival of dozens of people demanding the cancellation of the LUMA Energy Consortium contract that has been managing the island’s electricity transmission and distribution network since last year.
The number of protesters grew overnight, and around 9:30 p.m., uniformed officers indicated that they had arrested a 16-year-old boy who allegedly rushed the agents after crossing the security line.
The report alleges that the boy resisted arrest and “his actions caused confusion.”
According to written reports, police highlighted that several “threw objects, projectiles” at agents behind security fences. At this time, authorities have not released any injuries or the name of the boy who was arrested. Both agents were taken by ambulance to receive medical attention after being hit in the face and legs by rocks and stones.
Despite the aggression, the agents asked people to stop attacks with objects. The demonstration continued until just before midnight, when a man in a vehicle started screeching its tires, causing a cloud of smoke. At that point, officers in full body armor ordered the occupants to evacuate and fired tear gas.
Today Saturday protest was carried out through social media. Since last year, people have started arriving at the Fortaleza street intersection where the Santa Catalina Palace, which serves as the official residence of governor Pedro Pierluzzi, is demanding the annulment of the confederation’s contract that manages the transmission network. and distribution of electrical energy.
The protest went on late into the night without major complications until the police complained of aggression against their agents.
Last Thursday’s demonstration culminated in several arrests after protesters began throwing objects at police officers assigned to secure the area. Officers were attacked with bottles, stones and other objects, so around 9:00 PM, they threw smoke bombs and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
During the police operation, videos were captured of agents beating protesters and assaulting a duly identified photojournalist from Noticelle Media.