Statement from Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares
(July 18, 2019 - La Fortaleza) - “My family and I, as well as the people of Puerto Rico, are fully aware of the demonstrations that took place yesterday throughout the afternoon and evening. It had widespread participation, which I respect not only as an exercise in democracy, but also as a natural manifestation of frustrations resulting from recent events.
The clear majority of participants demonstrated properly, while a few decided to utilize improper and violent methods that included the use of firearms, Molotov cocktails and other explosives, causing injuries and striking Puerto Rico Police officers. This affront to law and order will be addressed accordingly.
Over the past few days I have come forward to face the people of Puerto Rico and beg for forgiveness. I continue to reiterate that plead. I am more committed than ever to pushing forth the public policy agenda that we have been working so hard to implement in all areas of government. I recognize the enormous challenge I have before me due to the recent controversies, but I firmly believe that we can restore trust and, after this painful and shameful process, achieve reconciliation.”