Political crisis in Puerto Rico follows leaks on government
More than 900 pages of conversations, through chats, among members of the government of Puerto Rico has provoked a deep political crisis, accompanied by numerous demonstrations demanding the resignation of the Governor.
The revelation, by the Center for Investigative Journalism, of more than 900 pages of conversations, through chats, among members of the government of Puerto Rico has provoked a deep political crisis, accompanied by numerous demonstrations demanding the resignation of the Governor, Ricardo Rosselló.
The conversations, between the Governor and a large group of his trusted government executives, are riddled with macho and homophobic comments as well as vexatious jokes against people and hot situations, such as the abandonment in which are living the numerous victims of the hurricane that ravaged the Caribbean island a year and a half ago.
The reprobation of the published comments was immediate and unleashed strong citizen mobilizations, since last Monday, resulting in several wounded and detained at the hands of the public forces in the capital, San Juan, while the various cities of the US, where many Puerto Ricans reside, there have been marches with the same purpose (New York, Miami, Orlando, Washington ...)
The protests have the support of various personalities of Puerto Rican culture and entertainment, of international projection, such as the singers Ricky Martin, René Pérez (the Resident of Calle 13) and Brad Bunny, who have joined the well-known actor and director Benicio del Toro, Luis Fonsi and reggaeton musicians Wisin and Daddy Yankee, among others.
The pressure has already achieved the resignation of 11 members of the Governor's cabinet, but the protesters demand the immediate resignation of the same.
The singer Ricky Martin in reference to the tone and content of the revealed conversations declared: "It is completely repudiable and denote the character and intolerant, arrogant, homophobic, macho and violent personality of these people".
A spokesman for the White House said the revelation "proves that the President's concerns about mismanagement, politicization and corruption are valid," in a clear reference to the controversial refusal of Donald Trump to declare the island a catastrophe zone and to contribute federal funds, to be able to face the disasters left by the hurricane of last year, which seriously affected hundreds of thousands of people.
At the same time that the population of the island mobilized massively against the Governor, the FBI arrested two former officials close to Rosselló on federal charges of corruption.
It must be remembered that Puerto Rico is considered an "Associated State" in the United States, so it enjoys a certain degree of autonomy and elects its Governor, but any issue of importance on the territory must be approved by the US Senate.
The UN and the international community only recognize Puerto Rico as a colonial territory, occupied during the Spanish-American War in 1898, and therefore subject to North American responsibility.
Governor Rosselló is a member of the North American Democratic Party and a strong supporter of the "annexation" of the island as a member state of the United States.
The population registered in the island amounts to about three and a half million, while according to estimates, about five and a half million people, including Puerto Rican emigrants and their direct descendants, live in the United States.