Sanders supports Puerto Rican protesters

Sanders supports Puerto Rican protesters
© Aaron Schwartz

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Bernie Sanders vows to go to 'war with white nationalism and racism' as president Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' MORE (I-Vt.) tweeted his support Thursday for thousands of Puerto Ricans who took to the streets calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

“I stand with the people of Puerto Rico taking to the streets to demand accountability for the governor and an end to corruption,” Sanders tweeted.


“After dealing with hurricanes and a decade of austerity, Puerto Ricans have a right to democracy and full federal support to get out of this crisis,” he added.

Police fired on crowds demonstrating in San Juan Wednesday, the fifth straight day of such protests.

Demonstrations erupted after several Puerto Rican officials were arrested on corruption allegations and the leak of misogynistic, homophobic messages sent among Rosselló’s inner circle, but the protests have been described as a reaction to decades of government corruption and budget cutbacks.

On his presidential campaign account, Sanders also blasted tweets by President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE attacking San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, calling her a “despicable and incompetent person.”

“@CarmenYulinCruz has fought tirelessly for Puerto Ricans; Trump has abandoned and denigrated them,” Sanders tweeted. “I stand with all Puerto Ricans to demand an end to corruption and the full support of the federal government.”