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Police fire teargas to break up massive protests demanding Puerto Rico governor's resignation

Updated : 2019-07-23 10:27:41

Police in San Juan fired tear gas on Monday night to disperse thousands of protesters demanding Puerto Rico's governor resign over offensive chat messages, the latest scandal to hit a bankrupt island struggling to recover from 2017 hurricanes. Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Sunday said he would not seek re-election next year and would step down as head of the New Progressive Party but the concessions failed to appease demonstrators, who called for him to immediately surrender the governorship.

People chant slogans as they wave Puerto Rican flags during a protest calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Marco Bello
People chant slogans as they wave Puerto Rican flags during a protest calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico. REUTERS/Marco Bello
Police fired tear gas on Monday night to disperse thousands of protesters demanding Puerto Rico's governor resign over offensive chat messages, the latest scandal to hit a bankrupt island struggling to recover from 2017 hurricanes. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
Police fired tear gas on Monday night to disperse thousands of protesters demanding Puerto Rico's governor resign over offensive chat messages, the latest scandal to hit a bankrupt island struggling to recover from 2017 hurricanes. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Sunday said he would not seek re-election next year and would step down as head of the New Progressive Party but the concessions failed to appease demonstrators, who called for him to immediately surrender the governorship. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Sunday said he would not seek re-election next year and would step down as head of the New Progressive Party but the concessions failed to appease demonstrators, who called for him to immediately surrender the governorship. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
Demonstrators chant and wave Puerto Rican flags during the national strike calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
Demonstrators chant and wave Puerto Rican flags during the national strike calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
Protests have brought together Puerto Ricans from different political parties, and non-political islanders to vent anger at alleged corruption in the administration and its handling of hurricane recovery efforts. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
Protests have brought together Puerto Ricans from different political parties, and non-political islanders to vent anger at alleged corruption in the administration and its handling of hurricane recovery efforts. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
US President Donald Trump also blasted the 40-year-old governor, who is affiliated with the US Democratic Party.
US President Donald Trump also blasted the 40-year-old governor, who is affiliated with the US Democratic Party. "He's a terrible governor," Trump said at the White House on Monday, after feuding with Rosselló in 2017 over the speed and scale of the federal response to Hurricane Maria. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez/Files
Demonstrators attend the national strike calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
Demonstrators attend the national strike calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan. REUTERS/Gabriella N Baez
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