Hundreds of Puerto Ricans, led by protesters on horseback and with some banging drums and singing, marched on the governor’s residence on Friday demanding that he resign over a whole bunch of vulgar and offensive leaked chat messages.
The march on Governor Ricardo Rossello’s official San Juan residence was the most recent in every week of typically violent protests over the messages attacking political adversaries, a few of which had been misogynistic and homophobic.
The chats on a Telegram message group had been printed on Saturday, including to Rossello’s woes the identical week that two of his former officers had been arrested by the FBI as a part of a federal corruption probe within the bankrupt U.S. territory.
The protests are the most recent troubles to rock Puerto Rico, which has been pummeled by chapter and whipped by a devastating hurricane in 2017 that took a toll on the Caribbean island’s already fragile economic system.
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Tons of of protesters on Friday gathered in streets close to the governor’s residence chanting, waving flags, banging pots and pans. Some carried placards studying “They Rob Us,” based on movies posted on Twitter.
A protest on Wednesday through which singer and actor Ricky Martin and reggaeton artist Dangerous Bunny took half led to demonstrators’ overturning barricades and police firing tear fuel.
Puerto Rico’s nonvoting consultant within the U.S. Congress, Jenniffer Gonzalez, on Friday known as for the resignation of Rossello, who’s head of Puerto Rico’s New Progressive Celebration and affiliated with the united statesDemocratic Celebration.
With a string of U.S. Democratic presidential candidates and lawmakers additionally calling on Rossello to give up, the governor convened an emergency assembly with occasion leaders. No time or date was set for the gathering.
The political turmoil comes at a important stage within the U.S. territory’s chapter. It has additionally raised considerations with U.S. lawmakers who’re weighing the island’s requests for billions of federal for healthcare and for restoration efforts following devastating hurricanes in 2017.
Rossello has apologized for the messages, saying they had been “inappropriate” however not “unlawful.” On Friday he despatched tweets exhibiting him carrying on with enterprise as traditional.
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In a report printed on Friday, Puerto Rico’s influential bar affiliation cited clear grounds to question the 40-year-old former scientist, primarily based on the “depravity” of the messages. The group’s president, Edgardo Roman, really helpful the island’s legislature start the method.
Puerto Rico has by no means carried out a political impeachment, based on authorized consultants, and whereas opposition legislators again it the method but to realize important help from lawmakers in Rossello’s governing occasion. The 889 pages of messages revealed by Puerto Rico’s Heart for Investigative Journalism confirmed how Rossello and advisers exchanged memes and feedback that had been derogatory, misogynistic and homophobic, in addition to privileged data.