The night he resigned, July 24, Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló kept everyone waiting for hours. People tried to hear the news on their phones, and the chants got louder and more raucous. Puerto Rican rapper, writer and filmmaker René Pérez Joglar showed up. Someone starting passing out hundreds of carnations to the protesters. Then just before midnight, Roselló finally resigned on Facebook. Bedlam.
As my colleagues Simon G. Romero, national correspondent for The New York Times, and Patricia Mazzei, Miami bureau chief covering Florida and Puerto Rico for the NYT, wrote, “In an extraordinary turn of events, some of the same people who had been privately denigrated by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and his confidants — journalists, feminists, musical performers and L.G.B.T. organizers — turned the tables on the governor.”
The joy was physical, like a thing you could see hovering in the air over Old San Juan. After the years of organizing, and the mobilizing and the marching and the weeks of pressure, if you had just walked up at the last minute, you would be forgiven for assuming the island had partied its way to freedom. #puertorico #rickyrenuncia