Puerto Rico Demands Governor’s Resignation in Enormous Highway Protest

Puerto Rico is bracing for what many people expect to be one of the biggest protests ever seen in the U.S. territory.

Residents have pledged to drive Gov. Ricardo Rossello from office, and a busy highway is expected to be taken over by hundreds of thousands of protesters Monday morning.

They demand Rossello resign over charges of federal corruption and 900 pages of a leaked online chat between the governor and his allies. The profanity-laced messages targeted fellow politicians, members of the media and celebrities.

The march will be in the capital of San Juan a day after Rossello announced he will not quit, but promises not to seek reelection. He also says he is giving up his role as president of the new progressive party.

That only further angered his critics, who have mounted street demonstrations for more than a week.

Some 2020 U.S. presidential candidates are joining the thousands of demonstrators demanding he resign.

Island are also dealing with high poverty rates, crushing debt and the ongoing recovery from hurricane Maria.