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Protests in Puerto Rico – CNN



Puerto Rico is in a state of unrest after a series of protests this week. Protesters are calling for Governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign.

Here is what you need to know:

Protests were sparked by 900 pages of leaked chats

Governor's private Telegram Messenger group, published by the Puerto Rico Center for Investigative Journalism, was published over the weekend.

The messages, dubbed "RickyLeaks," contain the profanity-laden, homophobic and misogynistic messages aimed at opposition politicians, journalists and celebrities.

The messages between the governor and 11 top aides and Cabinet members were sent in December 2018 and January 2019.

Many protesters say this is about corruption and abuse, not just the leaked messages

"We are tired of the abuse of so many years of corruption," and the protestor, Leishka Flores , told CNN. "We are here to make a revolution."

Police fired tear gas at protestors during one of the biggest demonstrations Wednesday night

Protestors marched to the governor's official residence, known locally as La Fortaleza. When they reached the governor's mansion, they met with a barricade of police in riot gear blocking the street, but continued chanting against Rosselló for hours

Earlier on Wednesday, Puerto Rico's Justice Department issued summonses for everyone involved in the private chat group with

"I will continue my work and my responsibility to the people of Puerto Rico," the governor told reporters Tuesday

Similar demonstrations took place in the US mainland cities like Miami and Orlando, Florida – all calling for Rosselló to step down

The Mayor of San Juan is urging people to join demonstrations ]

In front of Wednesday's protests in San Juan, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said she would not allow police officers to block or injure demonstrators.

"I'm not going to cooperate with his (Roselló's) abuses. "It's not part of his efforts to criminalize the legitimate right of the people of Puerto Rico to ask for his resignation."


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