2019-07-24 14:37:24

Special Report From Puerto Rico’s Movement to Oust Governor



GUEST: Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate, and currently a doctoral candidate in the W.E.B. DuBois Department of AfroAmerican Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She traveled to her native Puerto Rico last week and attended several marches including Monday's historic march as a news correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali

BACKGROUND: Mass protests continued in Puerto Rico on Monday, a day after embattled Governor Ricardo Rosselló pledged to not run for reelection. But about half a million of the island's residents poured into the clogged streets of San Juan in what many considered the largest protests in history. The movement has adopted a rallying cry of "Ricky Renuncia" demanding Rosselló's resignation.

Although Rosselló was becoming increasingly unpopular over charges of corruption and more, it was the recent publication of 800 pages of secret messages exchanged between him and his aides after Hurricane Maria that pushed Puerto Ricans over the edge. The messages espoused misogynist and homophobic sentiment and expressed violence toward prominent people as well as ordinary residents.

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