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Puerto Ricans Demand Resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló over Hateful Messages

HeadlineJul 18, 2019

Thousands of Puerto Ricans took to the streets Wednesday calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló following the leak of a series of sexist, homophobic and violent text messages between Rosselló and members of his Cabinet that also included jokes about victims of Hurricane Maria. While the protests were largely peaceful, police in San Juan tear-gassed demonstrators for second straight night and made multiple arrests. Protests also took place here in New York, where hundreds gathered in Union Square Park. This is former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, whom Governor Rosselló called a “whore.”

Melissa Mark-Viverito: “We also have the moral character of the governor, who has appealed for the trust not only from his party, but also from the Puerto Rican people, so he can be an effective leader. So, for the benefit of Puerto Rico, as his people are calling for, he ought to resign.”

After headlines, we’ll be joined by Melissa Mark-Viverito, and we’ll go to San Juan for the latest on the protests.

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