In one of the largest protests in Puerto Rico's history, over 500,000 Boricuas occupied the streets of San Juan for nearly two weeks in a courageous effort to force corrupt governor Ricardo Rossello to resign from his position.
On Wednesday evening (July 24), Rosselló announced his official resignation, effective immediately as of August 2, 2019, making him the first-ever governor to step down.
The protests are a result of the leaked 900 pages of appalling text messages between Rosselló, his staffers and advisers. Published by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, the group messages reeked of anti-Puerto Rican rhetoric, laced together with profanity, homophobia, misogyny and violence. The messages included language mocking victims of Hurricane Maria and joked about shooting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.
Some of pop culture’s biggest Latin acts such as rapper Residente and Bad Bunny (who left in the middle of his world tour to join his countrymen and women) stood front row in solidarity, marching, chanting and even aiding in a perreo demonstration (or twerking) just outside the residency of the now-impeached governor.
Award-winning filmmaker and director Ava DuVernay even chimed in, calling the Caribbean nation braver than most, with rap luminary Immortal Technique honoring the win with a word of advice and a call for continued action. See what he and others had to say:
Congratulations to Puerto Rico, and in the words of the late Nipsey Hussle, the marathon indeed continues.
(Photos from left: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Michael Kovac/Getty Images)