(Reuters) – Puerto Rico’s embattled governor came under growing pressure to resign or be impeached on Friday after the leak of hundreds of vulgar and offensive chat messages, as the Caribbean island’s trade unions staged another protest march in San Juan.
Governor Ricardo Rossello has faced a week of sometimes violent street protests demanding he step down over the messages about political adversaries.
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The chats on a private Telegram group were published on Saturday, adding to Rossello’s woes the same week two of his former officials were arrested by the FBI as part of a federal corruption probe in the bankrupt U.S. territory.
The 889 pages of messages revealed by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism showed how Rossello and advisers exchanged memes and comments that were derogatory, misogynistic and homophobic, as well as privileged information.
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The governor on Friday agreed to convene an emergency meeting with members of his political party after a string of U.S. Democratic presidential candidates and lawmakers called for his ouster.
In a report published on Friday, Puerto Rico’s influential bar association cited clear grounds to impeach the 40-year-old former scientist, based on the “depravity” of the messages. The group’s president, Edgardo Roman, recommended the island’s...
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