Congressional legislators have added their vote to those of protesters calling for the resignation of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello in the wake of a federal corruption probe that uncovered hundreds of pages of vulgar and offensive leaked chat messages.
Thousands of Puerto Ricans, led by protesters on horseback with throbbing drums and vocals, marched Friday at the residence of the governor in San Juan, demanding that Rossello accept the reports that attacked political opponents, many used female hatred and homophobic language .
The chats on a Telegram messaging group were published on July 13, contributing to Rossello & # 39; s misery in the same week that two of his former officials were arrested by the FBI as part of a federal corruption probe on bankrupt US territory.
Thousands of protesters took the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday to demand that Governor Ricardo Rossello resigned in the wake of a swear word in a chat message
The leaked chat messages, some of which used the heterogynistic and homophobic language, were published on July 13 and caused protests about the island.
A Friday night protest scene in which thousands gathered in the streets of Old San Juan
Protesters were seen in a barricade and spoke to the police on Friday evening
Protesters draped themselves in flags of Puerto Rico and carried signs in San Juan on Friday night, demanding that Rossello withdraw
A demonstrator who was seen with a face paint that mimics bloody tears during Friday's protests
On Friday evening, Rossello's press secretary, Dennise Pérez, resigned and said in a statement that she could no longer hold the position after being called corrupt in the presence of her son.
& # 39; It's your turn, Ricky, & # 39; chanting on the street protested after the word Pérez had resigned, according to reports on Twitter.
Congressional members, as well as multiple Democratic presidential candidates, resigned Twitter and resigned Rossello & # 39; s resignation.
In response to a chatter estimate that 500,000 people marched through Old San Juan during Thursday night's protest, Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congressman of New York City tweeted, & # 39; The people in Puerto Rico have spoken loud and clear to hear the world. We have to stand at la isla. Rosselló must resign. & # 39;
Although born in NYC, Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent.
Fellow NYC congressman, born in Puerto Rican Nydia Velazquez, tweeted, & # 39; I have come to the inevitable conclusion that it is time for the Governor of Puerto Rico to resign. & # 39;
Governor Ricardo Rossello (middle of July 16) apologized for the reports, admitting that she & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; but said they were not & # 39; illegal & # 39; goods
Several Congress legislators and democratic presidential hope peoples expressed their support for the protesters and demanded Rossello & # 39; s resignation on Twitter Friday
Florida Senator Rick Scott, meanwhile, tweeted that he has long argued for the families of Puerto Rico. I promised to be their vote in the senate. Although I was reluctant to lose weight in the internal political affairs of the island, it is clear that current leadership has lost the confidence of PR people. & # 39;
Scott, who has a large Puerto Rican constituency, added that & # 39; the island deserves new leadership. I agree with my friend Jenniffer Gonzalez; Governor Rossello must resign. & # 39;
Gonzalez is the current Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico and a non-voting member of Congress.
She said a statement obtained by Fox news, that the governor's scandal has led to an & # 39; anarchist image & # 39; from Puerto Rico and that she therefore asked for the welfare of Puerto Rico & # 39; renounces Rossello renounces his position and ensures the peaceful transition of the government to bringing peace and tranquility to our island, which is embroiled in a fiscal crisis, seriously aggravated by hurricanes Irma and Maria. & # 39;
Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted Friday she & # 39; stood with the people of Puerto Rico in their protest against corruption and the behavior of their governor. The people have spoken – loud and clear: @Ricardo Roselo has to resign. & # 39;
There were demonstrators on the balcony of their apartment in San Juan who were thumping with pots
Protesters waved flags and struck drums, such as during the seventh day of protests Friday
Union workers joined the demonstrators on Friday when they marched in Old San Juan
A man is seen raising his arm in solidarity with demonstrators demonstrating in Old San Juan Friday
Protesters are seen stopping at a barricade in San Juan while the police are on the other side
Protesters participated on horseback in the demonstrators who marched in San Juan on Friday
Protesters sang, sang, and waved Puerto Rican flags during the Friday night demonstration
Her tweet follows a previous post in which she noted that Rossello's actions are painful and undermine public confidence. He must give an answer to the Puerto Rican people. & # 39;
Democratic presidential president hopeful Julian Castro, former secretary of Housing & Urban Development and mayor of San Antonio, Texas, tweeted that & # 39; Americans in Puerto Rico hold Governor @ricardorossello responsible for his shameful comments and corruption. I stand in the streets with the Puerto Ricans to protest against his resignation. Excessive force against them is not acceptable. & # 39;
Castro also said to Fox News: & # 39; It is clear that Governor Rossello can no longer be effective. & # 39;
Congressman from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard went one step further and traveled to Puerto Rico to physically stand with the demonstrators.
& # 39; In Old San Juan tonight to stand with the people of #PuertoRico against corruption, & # 39; Gabbard tweeted Friday. & # 39; They deserve a government that serves them. #RickyRenuncia #RickyRenunciaYa. & # 39;
The political unrest comes in a critical phase of the bankruptcy of the American territory. It has also expressed concerns with US lawmakers weighing the island's requests for billions of federal dollars for health care and for recovery efforts after devastating hurricanes in 2017.
Rossello apologized for the messages and said she & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; but not & # 39; illegal & # 39; goods. On Friday he sent tweets in which he continued to do the usual work.
In a report published Friday, the influential order of lawyers from Puerto Rico quoted clear reasons to accuse the 40-year-old ex-scientist based on the & # 39; wickedness & # 39; of the messages. The president of the group, Edgardo Roman, recommended the island's legislature to start the process.
Puerto Rico never made a political accusation, according to legal experts, and while opposition legislators support it, the process still needs to be critically supported by lawmakers in the Rossello ruling party.
The 889 pages with messages revealed by the Puerto Rico Investigative Journalism center showed how Rossello and advisers exchanged memes and comments that were humiliating, misogynistic and homophobic, as well as privileged information.
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