Puerto Rico’s corrupt governor is set to resign today at 5 PM. It’s a stunning win for the island’s leftists, who have struggled for years against oppression and austerity.
Fernando Tormos-Aponte is a Scholars Strategy Network postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri–St Louis. He is from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
While ordinary Puerto Ricans were struggling to recover from Hurricane María, Governor Ricardo Rosselló was conspiring to hide the extent of the devastation and joking about killing political rivals in a Telegram chat. Now, those messages are all public — and the Puerto Rican people are ready for an alternative.
Puerto Rico’s left is rebuilding in the wake of two disasters: Hurricane María and a neoliberal onslaught.
The aftermath of Hurricane María has laid bare the consequences of Puerto Rico's colonial condition.