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Puerto Rico: Thousands celebrate governor Rossello's resignation in San Juan01:47

Puerto Rico: Thousands celebrate governor Rossello's resignation in San Juan

Puerto Rico, San Juan
August 3, 2019 at 01:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people took to the streets of San Juan on Friday, to celebrate the officialisation of Governor Ricardo Rossello's resignation, who stepped down following the 'Rickyleaks' scandal in which leaked text messages showed him and his top aides using language described as sexist and homophobic.

Footage shows scores dancing and chanting while waving national flags. One protester said, "Today we are here celebrating as a people, a victory, a victory of people that came together to fight something we did not want."

Rossello has faced calls to resign since Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism published a chat between the governor and 11 top aides in which he referred to New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito as a "whore," while Puerto Rican official Christian Sobrino Vega joked about shooting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and mocked Ricky Martin's sexuality.

Puerto Rico: Thousands celebrate governor Rossello's resignation in San Juan01:47
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Thousands of people took to the streets of San Juan on Friday, to celebrate the officialisation of Governor Ricardo Rossello's resignation, who stepped down following the 'Rickyleaks' scandal in which leaked text messages showed him and his top aides using language described as sexist and homophobic.

Footage shows scores dancing and chanting while waving national flags. One protester said, "Today we are here celebrating as a people, a victory, a victory of people that came together to fight something we did not want."

Rossello has faced calls to resign since Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism published a chat between the governor and 11 top aides in which he referred to New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito as a "whore," while Puerto Rican official Christian Sobrino Vega joked about shooting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and mocked Ricky Martin's sexuality.

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