Puerto Rico government to investigate clashes at protest
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor said Friday that any aggressive incidents stemming from a protest against a private power company that operates the island’s transmission and distribution system will make the subject of an investigation.
The announcement comes after media slammed police who, in a video, appear to have assaulted a photojournalist who was covering Wednesday’s protest. Other videos also showed clashes between police and demonstrators in a fog of tear gas.
The protest is the latest against Luma Energy, which recently pledged more crews and resources to reduce the number of power outages and their durations that have angered many people in the US territory of 3, 2 million residents demanding that the government cancel its contract.
At a press conference on Thursday, Puerto Rico Police Commissioner Antonio López accused a small group of protesters of attacking officers with rocks and other objects, injuring four of them. He also said the incident involving the photojournalist would be investigated, with the photojournalist publicly thanking López for calling him and apologizing.
“Any use of force will be thoroughly investigated,” López said.