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Puerto Rican Protesters Demand Ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez

HeadlineJan 24, 2020

In Puerto Rico, hundreds of people joined a protest outside the governor’s mansion Thursday, demanding the ouster of Governor Wanda Vázquez. Some protesters carried a full-sized guillotine to the governor’s mansion. Public anger is rising after a video posted online last weekend showed undistributed emergency supplies meant for Hurricane Maria victims sitting unused in a warehouse in the city of Ponce. Governor Vázquez is also under fire over her handling of the recent 6.4 magnitude earthquake, which killed one person and left thousands homeless.

Vermont senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted a statement in solidarity with the protests, writing, “After a decade of austerity, hurricanes and earthquakes, Puerto Ricans have a right to a responsive government and full federal support to put an end to this crisis.”

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