Demonstrators protest against Gov. Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, July 21, 2019. Puerto Rico's embattled governor says he will not seek re-election but will not resign as the island's leader, though he will step down as head of his pro-statehood party. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)

Puerto Rico prepares for massive protest to expel governor

July 22, 2019 - 12:03 am

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is bracing for what many people expect to be one of the biggest protests ever seen in the U.S. territory as irate islanders pledge to drive Gov. Ricardo Rosselló from office.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to take over a busy highway Monday morning to press demands that Rosselló resign over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat the governor had with allies as well as federal corruption charges leveled against his administration.

The anticipated march in the capital of San Juan comes a day after Rosselló announced that he will not quit, but sought to calm the unrest by promising not to seek reelection or continue as head of his pro-statehood political party. That only further angered his critics, who have mounted street demonstrations for more than a week.

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