On Monday, Puerto Ricans started an island-wide strike. The images of Monday’s demonstrations were striking. People as far as the eye could see came out – waving their flags and holding signs – and further putting pressure on Governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign. Recently, a trove of messages were released to the public. In it, we learned of the governor’s uncensored thoughts about women, the LGBTQ community, Hurricane María, and more. Since then, Puerto Ricans – most of whom he insulted – have demanded he leave office. There’s been increased activity on the island, but Puerto Ricans around the world have also raised their voices. On Monday night, boricuas headed to Grand Central Terminal to show solidarity with their friends and families on the island.
Wow. Puerto Rico.
You don’t get this perspective from the ground.
They are Loud.
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) July 22, 2019
As videos reveal, many showed up and sang and danced as they demanded Rosselló’s resignation. The protests began at Columbus Circle, and despite the pouring rain, hundreds showed up. Together, they made their way to Grand Central, where they filled the vast station with their chants.
— Steve L. (@shootbydaylight) July 22, 2019