Thursday, December 14, 2017

Banco Popular sues for damage to its building in Hato Rey

By on May 1, 2017

(Juan J. Rodríguez/CB)

Glass panes that make up Popular Center’s facade are seen broken following a protest in San Juan’s financial district. (Juan J. Rodríguez/CB)

SAN JUAN – The chief executive of Banco Popular, Richard Carrión, rejected Monday the violence that arose during the national strike that ended with the Popular Center building being vandalized.

“It is unfortunate that a demonstration that was supposed to be peaceful turned violent once the event had ended. Destroying private property is not the way to deliver a message to the people of Puerto Rico. Popular is local bank that for more than 123 years has worked hand in hand with the country and which has over 8,000 employees,” Carrión said in a written statement.

The damage inflicted on the buiding multiple included broken glass panes and doors, as well as a fire set in part of the atrium area and damages to the Popular Center structure. The events affected operations at Popular Center as well as other Hato Rey buildings.

The bank has filed a lawsuit against 42 people and organizations following the events.

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