Cruise ships are canceling their stops in Puerto Rico as unrest unfolds

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Guests on the Oasis-class cruise ship had been waiting anxiously to know if their call to San Juan would be going ahead or not. They also accuse Rossello's government of mishandling the the recovery after Hurricane Maria, which left thousands of people dead in 2017.

"The country is starting to make its voice heard in new ways", said artist Gloribel Delgado Esquilin, who was helping lay shoes on the Old San Juan plaza.

David Begnaud reports on the latest from San Juan.

The mayor responded on Facebook, saying "I understand you are unwilling and unable to understand DIGNITY when it hits you straight on".

In New York, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda led about 200 people, many from Puerto Rico, at a rally in Manhattan's Union Square.

Smaller protests have taken place around the island, with some Puerto Ricans taking down portraits of Rossello from government offices. The protests turned violent on Monday night, prompting an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI.


A policeman shoots tear gas during clashes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 17, 2019. On Wednesday, Rossello's Twitter account shared everyday messages about government agricultural and parks programs, along with images of the governor at a cabinet meeting, but did not mention the political crisis.

The Trump administration, which has tangled with Rossello in the past, said the events "prove the president's concerns about mismanagement, politicization, and corruption have been valid", according to a statement by White House spokesman Judd Deere.

"I strongly believe that it's possible to restore confidence and that we'll be able to reconcile after this painful and sad process".

Thousands of protesters marched in San Juan to call for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's resignation.

The 40-year-old Rossello has rejected calls for his own resignation. Now after being on this tiny boat for two days we now can't go to Puerto Rico.

Protests began over the weekend after the Center for Investigative Journalism published almost 900 pages from Rosselló's private group chat via Telegram. These messages have not been independently authenticated by ABC News.

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