San Juan (Reuters) – San Juan braced on Tuesday for an 11th day of protests calling for the resignation of Puerto Rico’s governor over offensive chat messages which have drawn lots of of 1000’s of individuals.
Demonstrators conflict with the police throughout a protest calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Marco Bello
Police fired tear gasoline to disperse crowds late Monday and early Tuesday whereas protesters threw bottles and different objects at police, a number of media reviews mentioned.
Governor Ricardo Rosselló has insisted he is not going to step down as chief of the U.S. Territory over misogynistic and homophobic messages exchanged between him and high aides, however mentioned on Sunday that he wouldn’t search re-election subsequent 12 months.
Rosselló additionally mentioned he would step down as head of the New Progressive Occasion and requested Puerto Ricans to present him one other probability.
“I used phrases that I apologized for however I’ve additionally taken important actions within the path of serving to weak sectors,” Rosselló advised Fox Information, explaining he had made coverage modifications important to girls and the LGBTQ group.
These two teams have been frequent targets of messages exchanged between Rosselló and his aides in 889 pages of on-line group chats revealed July 13 by Puerto Rico’s Middle for Investigative Journalism.
The crass messages confirmed a political elite intent on sustaining energy on the bankrupt island the place folks nonetheless dwell below blue tarpaulins two years after hurricanes ripped roofs off their houses and killed over three,000 folks.
However his concessions didn’t appease demonstrators on Monday, who referred to as for him to instantly give up the governorship within the newest scandal to hit Puerto Rico.
The island’s largest newspaper additionally referred to as on the first-term governor to go away workplace and reported greater than 500,000 protesters took to the streets of San Juan on Monday.
Then, demonstrators wearing black T-shirts crammed town’s largest freeway and marched within the pouring rain with native celebrities together with Ricky Martin and Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee.
“In Puerto Rico we don’t comply with dictators. It’s time so that you can go,” a drenched Martin, 47, the goal of homophobic messages in Rossello’s chats, advised cheering crowds.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, an opposition politician working for governor in 2020, mentioned Rosselló had run out of time.
U.S. President Donald Trump additionally blasted the “horrible” 40-year-old governor, who’s affiliated with the U.S. Democratic Occasion and with whom Trump feuded in 2017 over the adequacy of the federal response to Hurricane Maria.
The protests have introduced collectively Puerto Ricans from completely different political events and none to vent anger at alleged corruption within the administration and its dealing with of hurricane restoration efforts.
Anti-Rosselló demonstrations have been additionally held in cities throughout america comparable to Los Angeles, New York and Boston which have giant Puerto Rican communities.
Reporting by Marco Bello; Writing by Wealthy McKay; Modifying by Catherine Evans