Killeen: Protest calling for resignation of Puerto Rican Governor held

Killeen: Protest calling for resignation of Puerto Rican Governor held

Anger seething in Puerto Rico is expected to draw thousands to San Juan's cobble-stoned streets again Monday in an unrelenting push to force the US territory's governor to step down.

At this time Governor Rosselló has yet to step down, but has publicly apologized for the comments he made.

Rafael Bernabe: "His resignation is inevitable".

The Killeen demonstration was one of many taking place throughout Puerto Rico and across the country.

Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested two former Rossello administration officials over allegations that they gave more than $15 million in government contracts to favored businesses. "And we have to transfer this energy to those struggles".

Rossello asked for forgiveness and said he respected the wishes of Puerto Ricans.

The island is home to 3 million USA citizens, although they are not eligible to vote in United States presidential or congressional elections.

Puerto Rican celebrities including pop singer Ricky Martin, a target of the governor's chats, merengue singer Olga Tanon and rapper Bad Bunny joined the protest crowds. Trump clashed with Rossello and other Puerto Rican officials over the administration's response to Hurricane Maria, which killed 3,000 people and left the island without power for months.

At around 11 p.m., police began firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who gathered outside the governor's mansion.

In the leaked messages, Rosselló and his top lieutenants shared a number of homophobic and sexist sentiments, including referring to former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito as a "whore" in Spanish.

As lawmakers study the possibility of impeachment, the governor said Sunday he would face any proceedings "in a responsible manner".

"The governor is not good", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "Hundreds of thousands of people using their voice as their most important weapon", she said.

Combined with the post-hurricane exodus from the island, Puerto Rico lost four percent of its population.

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