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Puerto Rico Buildings Protected against Possible May Day Riots

SAN JUAN – Several buildings in the San Juan banking area known as the Golden Mile have been duly protected with wooden panels and chain-link fences against possible disturbances that could occur this Tuesday, International Workers Day, in protest against orders of the US-appointed Fiscal Control Board.

As observed Monday morning by EFE, the buildings of UBS, considered the world’s largest asset manager, and of the Oriental Bank, were two of the structures that have been protected against whatever rioting might occur this Tuesday.

The windows into the lobby of the UBS building have been covered with wooden panels, just as they were protected on May Day last year when thousands of members of labor unions and social, civic, student and religious organizations gathered there.

Even so, some of the window panes on the higher floors of the UBS building were damaged by stones thrown by demonstrators.

The Golden Mile (Milla de Oro) will be where the main public-sector unions, students and professors of the University of Puerto Rico and private sector employees will join forces.

Another building that was severely affected last year was the Banco Popular of Puerto Rico, next to the UBS edifice, when its lobby windows were broken by a group of protesters wielding baseball bats, sticks and stones.

Nonetheless, the building of the principal bank building on the island was not protected then, nor is it this year.

In response to those acts of vandalism, Puerto Rican police scattered the demonstrators with tear gas and arrested several youths.

Among the protesters the authorities detained after identifying them was Nina Droz, who was arrested several days after the incident on suspicion of trying to set fire to a building, which constituted a federal infraction.

Droz is currently behind bars in a federal prison awaiting sentencing for her acts.

 

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