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Puerto Rico Makes History: Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Finally Resigns After Massive Protests

Culture & Community By O. DELGADO882 views
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!"

 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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