- The Washington Times - Monday, July 22, 2019

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz joined massive protests in Puerto Rico Monday calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló after offensive text messages leaked.

“The mood is a mood of fighting. It’s a mood of ensuring that the people’s voices are heard. Hundreds of thousands of people using their voice as their most important weapon, and there’s one and one call only, ‘Ricky Renuncia,’ which means ‘Ricky you have to go,’ ” the Puerto Rico Democrat said to CNN, who announced her candidacy for governor in 2020.

“The crimes committed by the governor are so horrendous that it cannot wait,” “It is impeachment. It is impeachment time. He is obscenest, his mental health isn’t there. He doesn’t want to resign. It’s impeachment time,” she added.

The U.S. territory has seen a surge of vocal protests after an investigative journalism outlet published hundreds of leaked texts between Mr. Rosselló and his main advisers, including misogynistic language, homophobic slurs directed toward journalists and pop singer Ricky Martin, and jokes joking about shooting Ms. Cruz.

The massive protests have shut down highways, protesting not only the texts but also for years of alleged corruption and instability.

Mr. Rosselló apologized for the texts and vowed to not run for reelection, but he has refused to step down as governor.

SEE ALSO: Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans demand governor resign

• Bailey Vogt can be reached at bvogt@washingtontimes.com.

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