Thousands of Puerto Ricans won’t rest until embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigns and they are prepared to fill the streets of San Juan Monday morning for another massive protest.
His announcement Sunday that he will not run for re-election next year and is resigning as the president of the New Progressive Party was not enough. Rosselló’s refusal to step down was like benzene for a crowd already ablaze.
Organizers say they’re expecting hundreds of thousands of people at Monday’s protest.
For days, crowds demanding Rosselló’s resignation have packed the capital and clashed with police. The scandal was the final straw, as residents say they’re fed up with years of corruption and economic instability.
One church has shut its doors in preparation for protesters, businesses are warning tourists of heavy traffic and the Department of Justice is ordering all employees to report for work in the morning despite a “massive protest planned.” The department urged employees to stay in touch with their supervisors if they have any issues and to “not put yourself or your property at risk.”
Demonstrators have rallied since Puerto Rico’s Centre for Investigative Journalism published a series of profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic messages between Rosselló and other members of his inner circle.