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ADDED ON: 07/24/2021

Puerto Rico activists condemn police raid on LGBTQ-friendly bar

7/23/21 | Washington Blade

Activists in Puerto Rico have condemned a police raid on an LGBTQ-friendly bar that took place on Thursday night. Local media reports indicate more than 20 officers with the San Juan Municipal Police Department entered Loverbar, which is near the campus of the University of Puerto Rico, at around 11 p.m. A video posted to social media shows that some of the officers who entered the bar were armed with what appear to be shot guns. Media reports cite local authorities who said Loverbar did not have the necessary permits to operate as a bar, and the officers arrived there to fine them. San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero in a statement said officers fined Loverbar and seven other businesses in the city on Thursday for either not having the necessary permits or excessive noise. “The Municipal Police of San Juan led by Miguel Romero intervened last night with a queer bar,” tweeted Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rican LGBTQ advocacy group. “This reminds us of a time when LGBTQI+ people were prosecuted, criminalized and villified.”

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