Puerto Rico Makes History: Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Finally Resigns After Massive Protests
"Ricky, te botamos!"
Rosello finally resigns after days of island-wide protests, the largest in PR's recent history. "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!"
For weeks, Puerto Rico's streets, and some here on the mainland, have been crowded with protestors waving flags, banging cacerolas, and chanting "Ricky renuncia!", demanding that Governor Ricardo Rosselló resign.
Last night, the crowds were out in full force again, this time celebrating Rosselló's resignation late yesterday evening. "Ricky, te botamos!" they chanted, and, "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!"
Protesters in #PuertoRico sing the revolutionary anthem after hearing the governor @ricardorossello saying he’s going to resign. They’ve been protesting for 2 weeks. He’ll leave in Aug 2. It’s now a celebration more than a protest. #RickyRenuncia #RickyLeaks pic.twitter.com/VHNQVenIz5— Cindy Burgos (@Cindy_Andreina) July 25, 2019
Public unrest has been simmering since 2017's Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island and revealed widespread government corruption and mismanagement.
That unrest finally boiled over when a private message thread between Rossello and other high ranking government officials went public. Called "RickyLeaks" and "Chatgate," the thread contained 889 pages worth of vulgar misogynistic and homophobic messages, and even exchanges which made fun of the victims of Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Ricans took to the streets en masse, demanding Rossello's resignation.
Protest is evolving into a sit down. This is amazing. For so many nights police used the excuse that protesters were being “violent” and now they’re just sitting down and blocking the streets that lead to Fortaleza. #RickyRenuncia pic.twitter.com/8IWg3kKI1E— rocketqueen (@deviIette) July 25, 2019
Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, Residente, Daddy Yankee, and Lin Manuel Miranda all traveled to Puerto Rico to join the protesting crowds in the streets.
Multiple people have told me they feel safer from authorities intervening when celebrities like Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, and Residente have been with them in the protest. And right now that comfort is needed considering the heavy authority presence. #RickyRenuncia @vicenews pic.twitter.com/Ef7DM8BhCD— Ani Ucar (@AniUcar) July 25, 2019
Even Walter Mercado spoke out against Rossello.
After 12 days of non-stop protests, which were met by armed police, pepper spray, and tear gas, the people of Puerto Rico made their voices heard - and made history. Rossello resigned; the will of the people prevailed.
Mainland, we must take note of what can be accomplished when we raise our voices and don't back down. To make change, we must be willing to take action.
El pueblo unido jamás será vencido.