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Police said ready for mass march against LUMA Energy today

Puerto Rico Police Bureau Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa

By John McPhaul

Although he has not been able to meet with any of the leaders of a planned mass demonstration against LUMA Energy, the private consortium contracted to operate the island’s electricity transmission and distribution system, Puerto Rico Police Bureau Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa said Thursday that the bureau is prepared and has the necessary officers to handle any situations that might arise along Las Américas Expressway today.

In social networks, several calls have been made for citizens to march against LUMA Energy, as well as against the Financial Oversight and Management Board. Protesters are expected to gather near Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Hato Rey at around 5 p.m.

“They have tried to identify who the leaders of these groups are because there are different agendas in the [social] networks; no leader is identified who is calling for this action,” López Figueroa said in an interview with NotiUno.

The commissioner, however, gave assurances that Col. Juan Cáceres has a work plan with around 600 officers who will be stationed at all the intersections of PR-52 in San Juan, Carolina and Bayamón. Likewise, Cáceres will have 150 officers from the motorized unit prepared to respond during the event, López Figueroa said.

“[We will be] covering all intersections in order to speed up the control and direction of traffic,” he said.

“The important thing is that the traffic flows, that there are alternate routes, that the police are vigilant in order to move the traffic,” López Figueroa said. “If the situation arises that we have to intervene, that we have to get to the point of making an arrest, we are going to do it.”

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