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South Bend Rally Demonstrates Solidarity With Puerto Rico

Residents of South Bend shout "Ricky Renuncia" at a rally showing solidarity with protestors in San Juan.

Residents of South Bend shout "Ricky Renuncia" at a rally showing solidarity with protestors in San Juan. (AnnaCaroline Caruso/WVPE)

Hundreds of thousands of protestors flooded the streets of Puerto Rico’s capital Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello. Meanwhile, a group of passionate South Bend residents held a rally in solidarity with them. 

With chants of Ricky Renuncia – or Ricky Resign – a crowd of about 50 people gathered downtown South Bend where they banged drums and waved Puerto Rican flags. Event organizers used the opportunity to inform the crowd about the relationship between the island and the U.S. government.

Joyce Rivera-González is Puerto Rican and spoke at the rally. She says it’s important people on the mainland understand the protests are about more than just the recent text message scandal involving Governor Rossello.

“We are upset and offended, but that was only the spark that ignited the fire, a fire that has been growing for decades,” she says. 

In Puerto Rico, the governor has said he will not resign, but he will also not run for re-election.

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