TAMPA, Fla. — Protests in Puerto Rico raged on into the seventh day, and on Friday hundreds of locals gathered at Tampa restaurant La Fritanga de Tonita to support Puerto Ricans and demand its governor, Ricky Rossello, step down immediately.
This all started on Saturday after the publication of hundreds of pages of chats among the governor and his officials.
“Enough is enough. He’s got to go,” local Vivian Calabria said.
“We are here fighting and supporting our people, and we want him out,” local Nilda Torres said.
“We elected Ricky Rossello as our governor, but he stole some funds,” local Carmen Colon said.
“The government has abused and left the people without food, without water in the most important moments,” Calabria said.
“We were thinking he was doing good, but he demonstrated in those pages that he was doing the opposite,” Torres said.
“I feel so sad and angry. Sad because my people are suffering. The first thing we need him to do is resign,” Colon said.
“We want a different politician to take care of our island. We want someone who is responsible who will not steal the money that belongs to the people. Many are still living under blue tarps and are concerned about hurricane season and they need help and the government in the meantime is just playing games. It’s not fair,” Torres said.
“Be responsible for his actions and either impeached or that he will quit on his own because if not there might even be blood at some point and we don’t want that,” Calabria said.
At least four lawmakers have called for Puerto Rico’s governor to step down amid these protests.
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