While hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed the streets of San Juan on Monday to demand the immediate resignation of governor Ricardo Rosselló, hundreds of New Yorkers braved torrential rain to show solidarity with their fellow Americans.
The rally began in Columbus Circle and eventually ended up in Grand Central.
Grand Central en NYC pic.twitter.com/Gxg4CAsnW4
— Ricardo Alberto Maldonado 🇵🇷 (@bookswimming) July 22, 2019
— Steve L. (@shootbydaylight) July 22, 2019
Rosselló has struggled in his efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Maria, and many decisions are left up to a fiscal control board appointed by Congress that has been imposing austerity measures, cutting sick leave, wages, and vacation pay. Two of Rosselló's senior officials have been charged with attempting to steal millions of dollars.
— Carla Cortes (@CarlaDePR) July 23, 2019
Earlier this month, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published reams of cruel, arrogant, homophobic text messages between Rosselló and 11 of his advisors. About former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Rosselló suggested that someone should "beat up that whore" (he later apologized).
A slew of New York City's public officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Comptroller Scott Stringer have called for Rosselló's resignation. Rosselló has said he will not run for reelection in 2020, but has so far refused to step down.
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) July 22, 2019
On the way to Grand Central, protesters chanted, "Ricky renuncia y llévate a la junta!" ("Ricky resign, and take the board with you.")
Guess the rain in Puerto Rico also knew we would be protesting in NYC. Puerto Ricans in NY are present, paralyzing 7th Avenue up and occupying Grand Central Station!#RickyRenuncia #RickyDictador #RickyVeteYa #RickyRenunciaAhora pic.twitter.com/VNymodehU4
— chico renuncia (@miguelalejado) July 23, 2019