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Thousands rally to demand resignation of Puerto Rico governor

Protesters flooded the streets of San Juan on Wednesday (July 17) calling for Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rosello to resign.

Musicians Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny and Residente rallied the crowd late Wednesday urging them to remain united as they call for Rosello to step down.

The political turmoil comes at a critical stage in the U.S. commonwealth’s historic bankruptcy and as its officials seek billions of dollars in funding from the federal government for healthcare and for recovery efforts following devastating hurricanes in 2017.

Protests against Rossello were sparked by leaked controversial and vulgar text messages between the governor and his closest allies and by a federal probe into government corruption on the island.

Rossello, who took office in 2017, has said he respected the right to protest peacefully and vowed to bring greater transparency and accountability to his government.

Rossello said on Tuesday he did not commit anything that could be considered illegal or unethical in the chat, but rather “improper” acts.

Puerto Rico filed a form of bankruptcy in 2017 to restructure about $120 billion of debt and pension obligations. Its oversight board is expected to soon unveil a proposed plan of adjustment for the island’s core government debt.

(Production: Ricardo Ortiz and Kia Johnson)

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