San Juan, Jul 23 : Thousands of protesters took to the streets here in the capital city of Puerto Rico on Monday, shutting down a major highway and paralysing much of the city demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.
According to The New York Times, the protest was one of the largest ever seen on the island, as Puerto Ricans streamed into the capital on buses — and some on planes from the mainland — in a spontaneous eruption of fury over the years of recession, mismanagement, natural disasters and corruption that have fueled a recent exodus.
The protests come a day after the governor refused to resign over a leaked online chat in which he and top aides exchanged obscenity-laced messages.
According to media reports, he said he would leave office next year, at the end of his term.
"Mr Rosselló said on Sunday that he would step down from the leadership of his party and pledged not to run for re-election in 2020. But the governor, a 40-year-old former biomedical scientist and businessman, is growing increasingly isolated as a series of influential political leaders, some from his own party, have called on him to accede to public demands for an immediate resignation," the New York Times reported.
'Governor, Puerto Rico Demands Your Resignation', the island’s largest-circulation daily newspaper, El Nuevo Día, said in an unusual front-page editorial on Monday.The newspaper, citing an analysis by a geographer, said more than 500,000 people attended Monday’s protest, which later in the day moved from the highway to the area outside the governor’s residence. The organizers had not yet cited an attendance estimate, and the police said they did not plan to offer one, the New York Times further reported.
Asked about the matter, US President Donald Trump said Mr Rosselló was 'a terrible governor'."You have totally grossly incompetent leadership at the top of Puerto Rico," he told reporters at the White House. "The leadership is corrupt and incompetent," BBC reported. (UNI)