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A protester reacts during clashes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Thousands of people marched to the governor's residence in San Juan on Wednesday chanting demands for Gov. Ricardo Rossello to resign after the leak of online chats that show him making misogynistic slurs and mocking his constituents. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)

Two giant 100-thousand-strong demonstrations were held in Puerto Rico last week against Governor Ricardo Roselló.

By CSP-Conlutas Media Workgroup

 

Working people want him to go. Telegram leaks and corruption are the main reasons.

On July 13-14, 2019 an investigative journalism center called Centro de Periodismo Investigativo brought into the public 900 pages of the governor’s telegram messages.

On top of sexist and homophobic messages, others made fun of the victims of hurricane Mary.

Hurricane Mary killed 4,600 people, destroyed 90% of all housing, energy was disrupted for months and the costs for reconstruction are around one GDP.

After six former top officials of his government were arrested on corruption charges. They are accused of seizing US$ 15 million from funds for public Education and Healthcare.

Forty percent of the population live in poverty. Foreign debt is US$ 70 million and a set of neocolonial laws subject the country to the United States.

CSP-Conlutas stands in solidarity with Puerto Rico working people in their struggle to put down governor Ricardo Roselló and for proper living.