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Central Floridians Call on Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló to Resign at Lake Eola Rally

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Demonstrators are planning to gather this evening at Lake Eola to call for the resignation of Puerto Rico’s governor. 

Giovanni Bravo Ruiz of the community action group Borisquad says the event will include traditional music and a cacerolazo-where people make noise using kitchen pots and pans. 

He says there also will be a silent candlelight vigil in protest of Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s plans to remain in office through the end of his term

“It’s for the people that have been lost when Hurricane Maria happened. Then throughout all those months when the government failed to assist the people of Puerto Rico. It’s for the people that had to leave Puerto Rico also and continue to struggle out here.”

Marcos Vilar of Alianza for Progress says the demonstrators want to show solidarity with those in Puerto Rico who have been staging an all-day protest. 

“Resignation is obviously the number one thing that we’re calling for. This governor has no legitimacy left. No way that he can bring back control of the government and show any positive corrections. He lost his opportunity. He’s lost the confidence of the people.”

The protests are over Rosselló’s texts with members of his administration that were misogynistic and homophobic-they also mocked the Hurricane Maria dead. The Lake Eola event starts at 7 PM. 

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