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.
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.
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.