Puerto Ricans demand governor's resignation after unused disaster supplies from 2017 discovered

by Laura Mize · Jan 21st, 2020 10:51 am

About 600 Puerto Ricans gathered outside the territory's capitol building Monday, calling for Gov. Wanda Vazquez to resign after the recent discovery of untouched disaster supplies brought to the island following a deadly 2017 hurricane.

The event included noisy demonstrations and chants of "This fight goes on no matter what!"

The supplies have been sitting in a warehouse, even while the people of Puerto Rico have suffered another natural disaster: a recent massive earthquake that caused $200 million in damage. Puerto Ricans broke into the warehouse Saturday and began distributing the supplies to people in need.

Gov. Vazquez promised an investigation of the unused supplies, and also recently fired three top government officials. But, this week's crowds are demanding her resignation, citing corruption and failure to provide for Puerto Ricans. Last year, protesters urged then-Governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign, which he did.