By: Nigel Johnson
July 22, 2019
After refusing to step down as governor, Ricardo Rosselló will now face the largest protest in Puerto Rico’s history.
On Sunday night, the disgraced Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, gave up little ground in the face of continued demands for his resignation. In a Facebook post, Rosselló announced he would step down as president of his New Progressive Party and would not seek a second term in the November 2020 elections.
However, Rosselló also kept with the message that he would not step down as the current governor.
“A significant sector of population has been protesting for days. I’m aware of the dissatisfaction and discomfort they feel. Only my work will help restore the trust of these sectors,” he said in the video.
In response, the “significant sector of population” organized the largest protest in the island’s history. The “Marcha del Pueblo”, or March of the People taking place Monday looks to have hundreds of thousands of participants after Rosselló’s comments.
The protest started Monday morning at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, and will probably result in the shut down all of the country’s major roadways. Many businesses also closed in preparation for the march.
Puerto Rican stars Ricky Martin and Residente of Calle 13 said they were attending the march on Sunday night. They’ve been two of the loudest voices against Rosselló along with others like Bad Bunny and Hamilton playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda.
“Rossello’s message (yesterday) is hugely disrespectful to the people of Puerto Rico. You are not our governor. Puerto Rico has no governor, just so you know,” said Residente.