BELatina’s Weekend Briefing: Violence in Puerto Rico, Unrest in Latin America, and More. What You Need to Know

Weekend Briefing BELatina Latinx
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We really wish we could start every week with good news. But today it’s a little tricky to deliver.

These past few days have been critical for the political situation in Latin America, and its collaterals are being felt in the United States.

Here’s what you need to know.

Concern over gender violence in Puerto Rico is on the rise

Puerto Rico has once again sounded the alarm for gender violence after the body of Keishla Rodríguez, a 27-year-old woman, was found in the San José lagoon on Saturday.

Rodríguez would be the ex-partner of boxer Féliz Verdejo, who was questioned by the police.

The findings are in addition to the murder of another young woman last Thursday who had requested in March a protection order against her alleged aggressor and who was not attended by the justice system.

Colombia gets the government to withdraw tax reform after months of protests

What began in 2019 as a collective movement for social justice is now a widespread protest against President Iván Duque’s policy measures.

The streets of Colombia have been filled with protesters for the past four days in rejection of Duque’s tax reform that sought a way to plug the fiscal hole left by the health crisis.

The #MeToo movement arrives in Venezuela with the #YoTeCeCreoVzla

During the last few days Venezuelan society, inside and outside the country, has been shaken by waves of allegations of sexual assault in the entertainment milieu. What began as a denunciation against musicians and artists is now a movement for the visibility of violence and the absence of the rule of law.

Venezuelans in Florida call for support of citizenship bill

More than two dozen advocacy groups are asking Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both Florida Republicans, to co-sponsor a bill that would put eligible Venezuelan Americans on a path to citizenship.

The bill would allow beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to apply for legal permanent residency.