Here at Xyza, we talk about the impact of protests often because … well … there have been a few around the world recently. From students demanding stricter gun control policies in the United States, to protests in Hong Kong to prevent a bill from passing that would allow China to extradite alleged criminals, to an entire country coming together to oust a leader, to a young girl leading a global protest to raise awareness about climate change—protests are powerful and express the will of the people.
Last month, the people of Puerto Rico took to the streets to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Roselló. Why? After a hurricane that nearly destroyed the entire island territory, poor distribution of relief and recovery efforts afterwards, a corrupt government, and a leader who insults the people he’s supposed to lead and support, the people of Puerto Rico have had enough!
After weeks of protests, including celebrities who lent their voices to the cause, Governor Roselló resigned. His resignation, combined with his Chief of Staff’s and Secretary of State’s resignations earlier in the month, have given the people of Puerto Rico new hope for a brighter future. However, when it was announced that Justice Secretary Wanda Vásquez would now be the Governor of Puerto Rico, the brief celebrations over Governor Roselló’s resignation turned into more protesting. Why? Many believe Vásquez is also corrupt and hasn’t done enough to protect women’s rights. Well, it turned out that Vásquez didn’t want the job.
Before Roselló left office last week, he nominated former politician and attorney Pedro Pierluisi to take over. While some Puerto Ricans don’t feel like Pierluisi is the right person for the job because of his close relationship with a group of people who oversee the finances of the island, he was confirmed by Puerto Rico’s House of Senate and took over as governor of Puerto Rico on August 2nd when Ricardo Roselló stepped down.
What will happen next? We’ll keep you updated.