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Hartford residents, leaders show support for Puerto Rico


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Hartford officials joined forces to stand in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico as they call for reforms of their government.

You could see the Puerto Rican flag hanging behind Mayor Luke Bronin, city council members, and state politicians, saying they stand in solidarity with the protestors.

Connecticut residents were also in Downtown Hartford late Tuesday afternoon, taking part in a rally supporting the ongoing protests in Puerto Rico.

If you haven’t been following what’s happening on this island, they are demanding Governor Ricardo Rossello resign.

Frustration grew after years of corruption and the response to the damage left by Hurricane Maria. But what really fueled these demonstrations was a recent chat room scandal.

Secret messages were leaked from Rossello and other government leaders. Hundreds of pages of messages went public. They included profanity, homophobic, and sexist remarks.

State Representative Edwin Vargas was born to Puerto Rican parents. He says he supports the protestors and had some strong words for Rossello.

“He says he’s sorry for what he said for the homophobic for the anti-Puerto Rican sentiment that he expressed. He says he’s sorry. Well if he’s really sorry, he should resign and get the hell out of there. He should leave that office. That would be a true sign of atonement,” said State Rep. Edwin Vargas, Hartford, (D).

Of course Hartford has deep ties to Puerto Rico with most recently the capital city having Hurricane Maria survivors move in. Puerto Ricans make up 10 percent of the state’s population.

Those protests continued Tuesday. So far Rossello is standing firm and will only say he will not run for reelection.


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