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Puerto Rico: Protesters demand governor’s resignation over leaked messages

2 16.07.2019 Инфо

W/S Demonstrators chanting, San Juan
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SOT, Eliana Falcon, protester (Spanish): "[After Maria] I did not have water in my home for four months and had to collect the rain's water. I had electricity back after nine months. My grandmother died because of the lack of funding to hospitals. In the place where she lived electricity was restored the day after she died."
W/S Protesters chanting
SOT, Eliana Falcon, protester (Spanish): "But my concern now is that Ricardo [Rossello] is not here. He is not in the old town San Juan. He is right now in Fajaldo and if we want change, we need to find him, we need to track him down. It is easier to just go home, turn on your Netflix and close your windows."
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SOT, protester (Spanish): "Well I'm like all these people here. I'm very upset with this government - a mistreating, abusive, corrupt and insensitive government. That's why I'm here because these issues have to go beyond social media. We need to bring people together. And that's what we are doing today."
M/S Protesters walking and holding banners
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W/S Tear gas fired at protesters
M/S Injured journalist being helped
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Hundreds of protesters gathered in San Juan on Sunday to demand the resignation of governor Ricardo Rossello over remarks in a private group chat that were leaked. A smaller group of activists was later dispersed with tear gas.
"I'm like all these people here. I'm very upset with this government - a mistreating, abusive, corrupt and insensitive government. That's why I'm here because these issues have to go beyond social media. We need to bring people together. And that's what we are doing today", said one of protesters.
The exchanges between the governor and his inner circle, published by the Center for Investigative Journalism, revealed sexist, homophobic and profane messages. They also included threats against political opponents.
Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin and Chief Financial Officer Christian Sobrino quit their posts over the weekend. Ricardo Rossello refused to resign saying he will continue his mandate.