Demonstrators were determined to stay on the streets until Rosselló stepped down, fed up with years of government corruption, high poverty rates, crushing debt and a painfully slow recovery since the 2017 disaster.
The person expected to take his place is Puerto Rico Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez.
Ricardo Llerandi Cruz wrote in his resignation letter: “The last few days have been extremely difficult for everyone. At this historical juncture it is up to me to take the welfare of my family into consideration. The threats we’ve received can be tolerated as an individual, but I will never allow them to affect my home.”
“I am fed up with the thieving government,” protester Maristella Gross said at Monday night’s protest. “I am fed up with corruption. I am fed up with lack of integrity.”
“This is an opportunity to Puerto Rico to clean house, to start over,” said Ediris Rivera, 23.
Rosselló’s office issued a statement Tuesday, saying he has been attentive and silent throughout the protests and will consider the people’s best interests.
“When one side speaks legitimately, the other is responsible for listening carefully,” the statement said. “The people are talking and I have to listen. … For the moment, the future expressions that I will issue will be directed to the actions that we carry out as part of the government’s work, as promised and expected by the people.”
CNN’s Julian Zamora and Leyla Santiago contributed to this report.