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Congressional lawmakers have added their voice to those of protesters calling for Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello's resignation in the wake of a federal corruption probe that unearthed hundreds of pages of vulgar and offensive leaked chat messages.
Thousands of Puerto Ricans, led by protesters on horseback with some banging drums and singing, marched on the governor's residence in San Juan on Friday, demanding that Rossello resign over the messages, which attacked political adversaries, many using misogynistic and homophobic language.
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The chats on a Telegram message group were published on July 13, adding to Rossello's woes the same week that two of his former officials were arrested by the FBI as part of a federal corruption probe in the bankrupt U.S. territory.
On Friday night, Rossello's press secretary, Dennise Pérez, resigned, saying in statement that she could no longer hold the position after she was called corrupt in front of her son.
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'It´s your turn, Ricky,' protesters chanted on the street after word spread that Pérez had resigned, according to reports on Twitter.
Congressional members, as well as multiple Democratic presidential candidates, took to Twitter to call for Rossello's resignation.
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In response to a tweet estimating that 500,000 people had marched through Old San Juan during Thursday night's protest, New York City congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, 'The people of Puerto Rico have spoken loudly and clearly for the world to hear. We must stand with la isla. Rosselló must resign.'
Although born in NYC, Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent.
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Fellow NYC congresswoman, Puerto Rican-born Nydia Velazquez, tweeted, 'I have come to the inescapable conclusion that it is time for the Governor of Puerto Rico to resign.'
Florida senator Rick Scott, meanwhile, tweeted that he has 'long advocated for the families of Puerto Rico. I've pledged to be their voice in the Senate....
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