San Juan, Puerto Rico.- Thousands of Puerto Ricans began a new mass march today to demand the resignation of the island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, and the opening of a political trial against him, after participating in a chat with members of the Executive in which the opposition and known figures are insulted.
The scandal, which has sparked numerous protests in the last week, was generated after confirming the participation of Rosselló and other members of the government in a chat in which they insult and mock journalists, artists and politicians.
In the framework of the crisis, this Sunday Rosselló announced that he will not stand for re-election in 2020 and that he resigns as president of the ruling New Progressive Party (PNP), in addition to accepting the legislative process that may lead to his departure through of a political trial.
It is expected that some of the personalities named in the chat, such as Ricky Martin and Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, will attend today’s march, which will pass through one of the busiest highways in the capital.
Puerto Ricans of all ages and professions from many of the island’s municipalities began meeting hours earlier at the Hiram Bithorn stadium in San Juan and nearby, starting point of the demonstration, which coincides with the call for national strike.
“We are not going to stop,” Yumarie, a housewife resident in Cabo Rojo, in the south of the island, told Efe. She traveled to the capital in the middle of the night to arrive at the protest, which is expected to be just as Massive than the one held last Wednesday in Old San Juan. “This I had never seen, never! Let no one stay home today. This thief (in reference to the governor) has to go! “He said.
Noelismar, a nurse who works in the west of the island and today asked permission to come to the protest, said that “chat is not the problem.” “The problem is that they have been stealing us all these years, they have lied to us and they believed that they could deceive us, they already did it with the dead of (from the hurricane) María, again, no!”, She told Efe.
Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017, left 4,600 dead, but official figures accounted for 64.
“Ricky is selling what’s left of the country!” Shouted the first attendees to the march many of them, to the rhythm of a bomb, a musical genre of the island. “Wake up Puerto Rico” was another of the slogans shouted by the participants, some of whom carried flags of the island.
La Fortaleza, seat of the executive, in San Juan, is heavily guarded and monitored by the police. Its surroundings have been the scene of daily protests. One of the main newspapers of the island, El Nuevo Día, awoke with the editorial on the cover dedicated to Rosselló. “Governor, it’s time to listen to the people- you have to resign” headlines the newspaper and assures that the people of Puerto Rico “have expressed themselves eloquently.”