The citizens‘ indignation against their governor was lit on January 18, when the people discovered a warehouse that was full of food that had not been delivered to the victims of natural disasters.
Legislation declaring Puerto Rico a US state would have to navigate Congress and a Republican Party that holds less support for granting the island statehood.
Thursday’s poll found a majority of Republicans — 48% — oppose statehood for Puerto Rico while 45% support it.
In September 2018, President Donald Trump said he did not support Puerto Rico statehood.
These protests need to be seen with the larger context of the political contest in Puerto Rico, particularly with regards to the status issue. Although it is true that people of all persuasions have asked for the resignation of Rosselló, it is also clear that the protests are being politically co-opted by the territorial and pro-independence factions — here in Puerto Rico and in the mainland — which are utilizing his egregious missteps as a cudgel to oppose statehood.
Nach dem Ende des Spanisch-Amerikanischen Krieges waren die Spanier gezwungen, ihre Kolonien in der Karibik, Kuba und Puerto Rico, im Vertrag von Paris an die USA abzutreten. 1901 wurde Kuba formal unabhängig. Damit war es keine Kolonie; die USA behielten sich jedoch mit dem Platt Amendment ein Interventionsrecht vor, von dem sie bei den Aufständen von 1906 und von 1917 auch Gebrauch machten. Wirtschaftlich geriet die Insel in völlige Abhängigkeit von amerikanischem Kapital; die politische Unabhängigkeit blieb aber erhalten. 1934 hob Präsidenten Franklin D. Roosevelt das Interventionsrecht auf, nur der Marine-Stützpunkt Guantanamo Bay blieb weiterhin unter US-amerikanischer Souveränität.
Puerto Rico wurde 1917 die innere Selbstverwaltung zugebilligt und 1952 in ein mit den USA frei assoziiertes Territorium umgewandelt. In drei Volksabstimmungen 1967, 1993 und 1998 wurde die Unabhängigkeit abgelehnt; die Umwandlung in einen US-Bundesstaat wird derzeit diskutiert. Am 6. November 2012 stimmte im Zuge eines nicht-bindenden Referendums eine Mehrheit der puerto-ricanischen Bevölkerung für die Umwandlung in einen US-Bundesstaat.
In den vergangenen Wochen waren in San Juan immer mehr Menschen auf die Straße gegangen, um Rossellós Rücktritt zu fordern. Die bislang größte Demonstration gab es am Montag mit geschätzt etwa 500.000 Teilnehmern.
Auslöser der Proteste war die Veröffentlichung von Nachrichten einer privaten Chat-Gruppe zwischen Rosselló und elf Vertrauten, in denen sie sich abschätzig über mehrere Personen äußerten.
Er werde das Amt am 2. August niederlegen, sagte Rossello in einer Mittwochabend (Ortszeit) veröffentlichten Videobotschaft. Seine Nachfolge werde kommissarisch Justizministerin Wanda Vazquez übernehmen.
Puerto Rico’s Ricardo Rossello addresses scandal, says he won’t seek re-election but won’t immediately resign in first interview since ‚Rickygate‘ scandal broke.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has expressed support for protesters in Puerto Rico demonstrating against Ricardo Rosselló (D), the island’s embattled governor who has faced calls to resign over a corruption scandal and leaked text messages containing offensive language.
who are in dire need of all the support they can get. The Democratic governor and his administration…
(2/3) …are corrupt to the core, and the people of Puerto Rico have been suffering because of this kind of corruption for far too long. Anyone of us who is elected will be the head of the Democratic Party, and as such we need to let all Democrats know—indeed all Americans—that…
(3/3) …we will stand up against corruption, even when that corruption is within our own Democratic ranks. So please come down here, even if it’s just for a day, to show your support for the Puerto Rican people and their righteous cause
Calls for Puerto Rico’s governor to resign are growing, as thousands of protesters continue to march in the streets of San Juan. Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s two top aides were arrested on corruption charges earlier in the week, and then homophobic and sexist messages were leaked between Rosselló and his administration. David Begnaud reports on the latest from San Juan.
Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.
But the scandal that is threatening to buckle the boyish 40-year-old governor centers on a profanity-laced and at times misogynistic online chat with nine other male members of his administration in which some of the U.S. territory’s most powerful men act like a bunch of teenagers.
“The chat was the final straw,” said Norma Jean Colberg, 58, one of the protesters.
The governor and 11 top aides and Cabinet members exchanged profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic messages about fellow politicians, members of the media, celebrities and others in a scandal many are calling „RickyLeaks.“
Calls for the governor to resign have grown after nearly 900 pages of a chat on the private messaging app Telegram were leaked by a source to Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, which published them in their entirety on Saturday.
The FBI on Wednesday arrested two former senior officials who served in the administration of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, leading the chairman of the House committee that oversees Puerto Rico to call for the governor to step down.
Investigators found that government officials and employees used personal email and Telegram, a mobile encrypted messaging app, to conduct government business.
„Between Feb. 6 and 10, several military transport aircraft have been flying to the Rafael Miranda Airport in Puerto Rico; the San Isidro Air Base in the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean Islands that have a strategic location, most certainly without the knowledge of the governments of those nations,“ Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affair (Minrex), stated and added that „these flights took off from U.S. military facilities from where Special Operation Troops and U.S. Marine Corps units operate.“
The Great Coma Wall is a galaxy wall with a maximum dimension of either 500 million or 750 million light years. It is 200 million light years in width and about 16 million light years in thickness. Its nearest point is about 300 million light years from Earth, while its farthest point is 550 million light years away. It consists of three massive galaxy superclusters: Hercules, Coma and Leo.
Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977 and, at a distance of 135 astronomical units from the Sun, in June 2016, it is about 17,702 years to reach the Oort Cloud. It is expected to enter into the cloud, the last cosmic structure before the Wall, in about 300 years. At a distance of approximately 21 billion kilometers from the Sun, as of January 2, 2018, it is the farthest spacecraft and man-made object from Earth.
This album is a sonic interpretation of the interstellar journey of the Voyager probe until its arrival at the Great Wall of Coma and presenting itself before it as a Son of the Sun, just as humans call the star of the planetary system where they live.
La Iglesia Atomica San Juan, Puerto Rico
released April 7, 2018
Thousands of protesters took to streets in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, to protest government’s austerity measures, school closures, and slow recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on the International Workers‘ Day Tuesday and were confronted by brutal police repression.
Teachers unions and outraged citizens in Puerto Rico are vowing to fight the government’s newly-announced plan to close nearly a third of its public schools.
Puerto Rico’s Education Department said Thursday that 283 schools would close by the start of the new school year, leaving open just 828.