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Local Puerto Ricans traveling to the island to join movement to oust Gov. Ricardo Rosselló

Posted at 10:46 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 23:20:57-04

While hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets in protest of their government, others have only watched the movement from their homes in the mainland United States.

For one Puerto Rican family, the time to return to the island and support the movement is now.

"Feeling the spirit of the Puerto Rican people that is so powerful and like I said it was so difficult to watch what was happening and not be there," Jessica Campos Cortes said.

Campos Cortes is flying to Puerto Rico on Thursday. She also plans to take her 3-year-old son to witness history.

"I don't want, in the future, my son to say you know 'where were you when this is happening?' And me to say 'oh I just stayed at home.' I'm grateful to have the opportunity to be able to show my son take my son there have him feel it. My ideal situation would be to go not to protest but to celebrate with my island," she said.

Protesters have been on the streets after nearly 900 pages from the messaging app Telegram were published by Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism.

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and 11 top aides and cabinet members exchanged profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic messages about fellow politicians, members of the media, celebrities, and others in a scandal many are calling "RickyLeaks." The messages were sent in December 2018 and January 2019.

"Those are the types of realities Puerto Ricans have to deal with have to wake up every day knowing this is their government and I think after the chats leaked it was kind of eye-opening for everybody," Campos Cortes said. "That one thing, that one match that lit the fire for the Puerto Rican's to say no. Our voices matter. We can unite no matter what political party we belong to and make a change."

The question many have, will Gov. Rosselló resign? Even if he doesn't lawmakers announced, they will start the process to impeach. Campos Cortes said no matter what happens; this is only the beginning.

"I think the first step is getting him out the healing process would be the fight to continue for repairing the injustices within the government it doesn't just lie within Rosselló," Campos Cortes said.