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Protest Against Fiscal Board Continues in Front of Federal Court in San Juan

By on July 5, 2016

People have been staying overnight in tents in front of the  U.S. District Court on Chardón Street in San Juan. (Inter News Service)

People have been staying overnight in tents in front of the U.S. District Court on Chardón Street in San Juan. (Inter News Service photo)

SAN JUAN – Protesters against the Financial Oversight & Management Board were still present Tuesday in the vicinity of the federal court complex in San Juan, awaiting a meeting with federal officials.

The federal court and other federal government agencies did not resume work after the holiday weekend due to the presence of the Camp Against the Federal Fiscal Control Board, which has been at the premises since Wednesday.

On Thursday, court security personnel moved the protesters from the building’s entrance briefly, but the activists set up camp in front of the entrance again and have since remained in place.

Police officers have been watching the demonstration since Monday night but have not intervened.

Early Tuesday, Col. Reynaldo Bermúdez spoke with court security officers and protesters, and agreed they could remain there, provided they do not impede the passage of those trying to enter through the complex’s main gate.

The other issue discussed was a stretch of a Chardón Street lane across the court. The officers and protesters agreed that while there was no picketing, traffic would flow.

After walking in circles for an hour, a group of protesters sat on the pavement without any intervention from authorities.

At about 7:18 a.m., people began arriving to the federal complex and entered without difficulty.

A meeting between representatives of the protesters and federal and state officials is expected Tuesday to discuss the future of the camp.

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