Dozens of demonstrators gathered Monday in front of the governor's mansion in Puerto Rico's capital to demand the resignation of the USA territory's governor and protest the recent discovery of apparently forgotten disaster supplies amid ongoing earthquakes.
"There have been actions by government officials in the past few days that were unacceptable", Vazquez told reporters on Sunday.
The scene reminded numerous beginning of protests that escalated over the summer and led to the resignation of former Gov. Ricardo Rossello, with demonstrators once again vowing to remain in the streets until Vazquez also steps down. A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live, while the island still struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago.
"This fight goes on no matter what!" they chanted. On Saturday, Carlos Acevedo, the commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Management, was sacked for being in charge of the warehouse that was discovered by citizens.
Expected to join the fight is Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin, who announced on Instagram that he was en route to the island. "At the moment there is no shortage of these articles and they are being distributed to the people who need them".
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People protest in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol during a demonstration against Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez and the government in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan. 20, 2020.
Ponce is one of several cities in the island's southern region hit by the recent 6.4 magnitude natural disaster that killed one person and caused more than an estimated $200 million in damage.
News of the unused emergency supplies spread on social media Saturday when a local blogger posted a Facebook video of angry residents storming the facility, which housed water, cots and other relief supplies dating back to Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Puerto Rico has a special political status as an unincorporated territory of the US, which comes with certain benefits and restrictions.
More firings may be coming, the governor added.