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  16 months ago

#TolunaNews | What's happening in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rican Governor, Ricardo Rosello, will step down on the 2nd of August after twelve days of consecutive mass protest.

Is it any clearer why people have been out protesting in the streets for over a week now?

The Centre for Investigative Journalism broke the story of an exchange of messages between Ricardo Rosello and other members of his party in which they used homophobic and misogynistic language. In these extracts of data are 880 pages of text message exchanges between the Governor and his closest members, where they target members of the public eye like San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and Ricky Martin.

Not to mention the mocking of the victims from hurricane Maria, which was already at the centre of lots of controversy after Trump denied the extent of the natural disaster and refused to pledge his help.

Amid corruption claims, members of his party were arrested last week. They were charged with 32 counts which include conspiracy to commit fraud, theft and money laundering in order to benefit from government contracts.

In our ever-evolving and digital world, once the information is live, there isn't much room for damage control. Rossello has apologised, but the damage has already been done, spreading through the island leading to twelve days with thousands of citizens taking to the streets to demand his dismissal; as all trust has been lost.

A popular Puerto Rican newspaper called for his resignation, which although he insisted to finish his term and not run for reelection, the pressure become too great and he finally stepped down. Celebrations broke out in the streets after this announcement, one protester was quoted saying, "I feel a sense of relief and empowerment because we finally made history in finally getting him to resign after so many days."

What's next for Puerto Rico? How should scandals related to leaked information be dealt with?


  15 months ago
I hate politics


  16 months ago
This is a must...

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