ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Hundreds of Orlando residents gathered at Lake Eola Park Monday, calling for the resignation of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló.
People brought Puerto Rican flags, pots and pans, drums and megaphones. Many created signs that read "Ricky Renuncia," Ricky Resign — referring to Governor Rosselló. Although at times the protest seemed like a celebration, there were also many somber moments, as people remembered victims of Hurricane Maria.
The outrage comes after leaked online chats showed Rosselló insulting women, members of the LGBTQ community, political opponents, and mocking victims of Hurricane Maria. The hurricane claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people island wide, and sparked a mass migration of Puerto Ricans to Central Florida.
"A lot of people here have families that, who knows, died during Hurricane Maria. So they feel it," said protestor Mel Lopez.
During an interview with Fox News on Monday, Rosselló doubled down on his refusal to resign, and reiterated apologies for the comments in the leaked chats. However, protestors said the apologies are not sufficient.
"I don't believe his apology. If he was truly apologetic, he would've stepped down a week ago," said Gabriela Ortiz.
On Sunday, Governor Rosselló announced he would not be seeking re-electio,n although he would not be stepping down.