A couple of hundred people joined a protest Thursday organized by Puerto Rico singer René Pérez of Calle 13 fame in a demonstration reminiscent of those that ousted the island’s former governor last year.
Anger is growing over emergency aid that until recently sat unused in a warehouse amid ongoing earthquakes.
Protesters began arriving at the seaside Capitol building banging on pots and clapping as they formed a large circle and demanded the ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez.
“We’ve had enough,” said 82-year-old Iris Guardiola as she waved a tiny Puerto Rican flag. “The people are tired of the abuse … of the lack of humanity. I am here helping those who cannot be here.”
The newest protest unleashed debate about whether Puerto Ricans should try to oust Vázquez as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from a recent 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed one person and damaged hundreds of homes in the island’s southern region. full story