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Waving flags and banging drums, Puerto Ricans demand that governor quit

Jul 20, 2019, 11.55 AM (IST)
Thousands of Puerto Ricans, led by protesters on horseback and with some banging drums and singing, marched on the governor's residence on Friday (July 19) demanding that he resign over hundreds of vulgar and offensive leaked chat messages. The march on Governor Ricardo Rossello's official San Juan residence was the latest in a week of sometimes violent protests over the messages attacking political adversaries, some of which were misogynistic and homophobic. The chats on a Telegram message group were published on Saturday (July 13) adding to Rossello's woes the same week that two of his former officials were arrested by the FBI as part of a federal corruption probe in the bankrupt U.S. territory. The protests are the latest troubles to rock Puerto Rico, which has been pummeled by bankruptcy and whipped by a devastating hurricane in 2017 that took a toll on the Caribbean island's already fragile economy. Hundreds of protesters on Friday gathered in streets near the governor's residence chanting, waving flags, banging pots and pans. Some carried placards reading "They Rob Us," according to videos posted on Twitter.