January saw a wave of protests in Puerto Rico after a series of earthquakes hit the south of the island and a video circulated showing a warehouse full of unused emergency supplies from 2017 Hurricane Maria
Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico, announced his resignation yesterday after week long mass protests on the island
Rosselló’s resignation is a victory of the hard fought battle of the Puerto Rican people, but their struggle will not end with him
Hundreds of thousands are mobilizing today in Puerto Rico and gave Governor Ricardo Rosselló until tonight at midnight to resign
The protesters’ immediate demand is for governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign, but the mobilizations have also highlighted the widespread rejection of Puerto Rico’s status as a colony of the US
The US had been accused of aggravating the death and destruction related to Hurricane by imposing austerity measures on Puerto Rico and delaying delivery of essential supplies.
The movement for people’s agroecology seeks to empower the peasantry of the island through encouraging collectivism and cooperatives
Trump and others fall back on centuries-old colonial stereotypes of islanders being “lazy” and “indolent,” and, in his own words, “wanting everything done for them”.
The Jornada Se Acabaron Las Promesas movement seeks to reverse the calamitous US-imposed austerity policies that have brought misery to the people