Government - Rage In Puerto Rico
Several Puerto Rican celebrities such as singer Ricky Martin have joined a movement demanding that the governor of the US territory resign amid a texting scandal.
People have been marching in the streets of San Juan, adding to their numbers every day. The largest protest so far happened on Wednesday, with thousands of people banging on pots and pans as well as shaking tamborines in the territory's capital. They were joined by some of Puerto Rico's biggest stars, including the previously mentioned Mr. Martin, "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, plus Reggaeton singers Bad Bunny, and rapper Rene Perez Joglar,, who often performs under the name "Residente".
"This government has to begin respecting the people," Residente told the crowd. "We can't stop protesting."
This all started a few days ago when Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of leaked chats from a governor's private Telegram Messenger group; Governor Ricardo Rossello and eleven top aides and Cabinet members exchanged profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic messages about fellow politicians, members of the media, celebrities, and others.
Puerto Rican communities throughout the US also held protest marching demanding Rossello's resignation, which he has thus far refused.