Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the streets of Puerto Rico over the past couple of weeks in some of the largest demonstrations in the US territory’s history. They began in response to hundreds of pages of leaked text messages between the governor, Ricardo Rosselló, and 11 members of his inner circle, which made homophobic and sexist jokes and mocked the victims of Hurricane Maria.

However, the problems go further back than July. The Rosselló administration has been plagued by allegations of corruption and mismanagement during the response to Hurricane Maria. Shortly before the messages were leaked, the FBI arrested five former government officials and contractors accused of misappropriating millions of dollars in federal funds given to the island after the disaster.

The Guardian US senior reporter Oliver Laughland talks to Anushka Asthana about his coverage of the protests and explains where Puerto Rico can go from here.

And: the Guardian’s economics editor, Larry Elliott, discusses why sterling is at a 28-month low.





Anti-Rosselló protests in San Juan, Puerto Rico





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