Island-Wide Demonstrations Continue as Puerto Ricans Call for Governor to Resign

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Currents News Staff

Thousands of Puerto Ricans filled the streets on July 22 shutting down a highway in San Juan for another day of protests against Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, a scene that some have called “unprecedented.”

At the heart of these demonstrations are leaked messages between Governor Ricardo Rosselló and his inner circle, many of them profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic in nature.

At one point Rosselló responded to a message that threatened to shoot San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín cruz by saying, “you’d be doing me a grand favor.”

The crimes committed by the governor are so horrendous that it cannot wait,” Mayor Cruz said. 

She believes his behavior warrants impeachment.

But Rosselló isn’t backing down. He’s apologized and said that he won’t run for re-election next year, but has also said he plans to continue serving as governor.

“I need to work beyond politics so that we can address some of the long standing problems of corruption here in Puerto Rico and fix that problem,” Rosselló said. 

As calls for his impeachment grow, he may not get that opportunity.

As protests are close to entering a second week, everyone is telling Ricky that the game is over.