On July 17, thousands of people around the world marched and rallied demanding for Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rosselló to step down and resign. A leaked series of chat messages sparked the protests, with messages showing the governor and key aides mocking women, the disabled and Hurricane María victims. The scandal is also tied to allegations of rampant criminal activity, confirming the arrests of two former Rosselló adminstration officials days prior. The historic movement included protesters that ranged from teenagers to retirees, waving Puerto Ricans flag and holding signs expressing their anger against a government allegedly filled with corruption and crime.
New York’s Puerto Rican diaspora demonstrated in Union Square to show solidarity with the massive Wednesday protest occurring in San Juan.
Here are some images of what transpired in New York, taken by photographer Melvin Audaz:
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