Sanders supports Puerto Rican protesters

Sanders supports Puerto Rican protesters
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' 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.

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“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 TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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.”