Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2019

Puerto Rico protests grow as Gov Ricardo Rosselló refuses to resign

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets across Puerto Rico to protest Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s decision not to resign his post, despite announcingthat he would not seek re-election and would step down as the leader of his party.

There are estimates that the already-massive protests could reach up to 1 million participants, which is a little less than one-third of the territory’s total population.

These demonstrations have shut down a major highway and caused vacation cruises to cancel port stops.

“At the moment everything is in order as part of the demonstrations that are taking place in the metropolitan area. Personnel from @CEMPRESTATAL have treated 18 cases of people who fainted, had dizziness and hypoglycemia,” the department said in a tweet.

Read it in Spanish:

Negociado de la Policía P.R.@PRPDNoticias

Al momento todo transcurre en orden como parte de las manifestaciones que se llevan a cabo en la zona metropolitana. Compañeros de @CEMPRESTATAL han atendido 18 casos de personas que han presentado desmayos, mareos e hipoglucemia.

Puerto Rico protests photo/twitter

President Trump on Monday slammed Rosselló as a “terrible governor” and said the island’s “leadership is corrupt and incompetent.”

“He’s a terrible governor,” Trump said of Rosselló, before adding: “You have an even worse mayor of San Juan.”

Trump argued that he is “the best thing to ever happen to Puerto Rico” and slammed Puerto Rico’s leadership more broadly as “totally grossly incompetent” and “corrupt and incompetent.”

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