Puerto Rico Protest Alert

Updated 19 July 2019


Situation:

Protests erupted in Puerto Rico this week demanding resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello following the publishing of leaked chats between the Governor and some of his inner circle that included profanity and misogynistic and homophobic comments about fellow politicians and members of the media. The FBI has also implicated members of Rossello’s cabinet in fraud, conspiracy and corruption-related investigations.


Up-coming events:

Friday, July 19:

  • 5pm – union members and others to gather at Bahia Urbana in San Juan and then march to the governor’s residence La Fortaleza

  • 5pm – Sears parking lot at Las Catalinas Mall in Caguas, members of the community meeting, could turn into a protest event


Saturday, July 20:

  • 2pm – a gathering planned at La Fortaleza

  • 7pm – a separate group planning to gather also at La Foraleza


Monday, July 22:

  • 9am – 4pm - Massive march planned to take place on the island’s second-most travelled road the tollway Luis Ferre Express (Las Americas Express) with meeting points at Hiram Bithorn Stadium and Plaza Las Americas.


More protests are expected over the coming weeks – especially in San Juan - with a high likelihood of turning violent as police have been using pepper spray on protesters already this week.


Possible Effects:

  • Likelihood of escalations in actions during future protests and demonstrations from both protesters and law enforcement

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increased presence of law enforcement personnel and an increased willingness to use force against protesters

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by protestors with little to no notice

  • Protests which have the possibility of turning violent, especially after dark



Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Avoid discussing political topics in public or on social media

  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  1. Remain calm

  2. Do not exit your vehicle

  3. Call the authorities

  • Emergency Services (police, fire, and medical): 911

  • Police: 787-343-2020

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates



DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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