Photo provided by Walter Mercado / El Nuevo Dia
In another show of Puerto Rican unity, astrologer Walter Mercado is joining protesters from San Juan to Central Florida
in calling for Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares to resign.
"I am Puerto Rico, and this is my cry of pain, of anguish, at such a crucial moment," Mercado told El Nuevo Dia
. "You can't even show up at a university because they won't receive you, and you can't leave the Fortaleza without the police officers around you."
The television personality is known for his astrology predictions on TV in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the United States. It doesn't take psychic ability to see Rosselló's time in office is limited, as rumors grow louder by the hour that the embattled governor will soon call it quits.
Protests began last week after six government officials, including the former Secretary of Education and former Health Insurance Administrator, were accused of corruption. On July 13, the Investigative Journalism Center published 889 pages of chats
from the governor's Telegram messaging app in which the president exchanged profane and misogynistic banter with nine other male members of his administration.
Mercado claims Puerto Rico itself is of the Scorpio sign with Leo rising, which he says means, "the Puerto Rican himself is good, but sometimes naive. We believe in words. We imagine things that can be and are not, and we suffer great disappointment.
"I join that group of people who feel disappointed because we put so much faith, so much hope, but now my faith and hope is where it has to be: in God, in Christ, in the truth, in my dignity, and I know that it cannot fail us.”
Exactly when, or if, the embattled "Ricky Renuncia" plans to resign is a mystery even to clairvoyants like Mercado.
"I hope that as the month of July ends, the anguish will end. I am praying to the patron of Puerto Rico, the Virgin of Providence, to help us in this so that all roads are cleared, and that Rosselló leaves Fortaleza. Let a new Puerto Rico begin."
An exhibition dedicated to Mercado, "Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado," opens at the Museum of History in Miami on Aug. 2.
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