San Juan, Puerto Rico – The media outlets in Puerto Rico are emphasizing on Monday the controversy sparked on the Internet over the posting on Twitter of a photo of a black man running for the office of Puerto Rican resident commissioner in Washington along with the name of chimpanzee Yuyo, who died last week at a zoo in suburban San Juan.
The online edition of El Nuevo Día is reporting the unease created by the image of Rafael Cox Alomar, a candidate of the main opposition PPD, which may be seen on Twitter along with the phrase "R.I.P. Yuyo."
The image sparked repudiation by Twitter users, since it was disseminated from the account of the former speaker of Puerto Rico's lower house, Zaida Hernández, of the governing PNP.
Hernández distanced herself from the photo and said she had no idea how the photo came to be tweeted from her account, but she said that it must be the work of hackers.
"I started on Twitter a week ago. I don't know what the photo is about, and I haven't seen it. I'm not capable of such a despicable act. I discuss my business right up front," Hernández said.
Cox Alomar, meanwhile, said that the matter was about "low politics" that the Puerto Rican people reject.
He said that the the "politics of underhanded racism" has no place in the 21st century and that this is not the first racial attack against him since he launched his candidacy to represent Puerto Rico in the U.S. Congress.
The elections for governor and resident commissioner will be held on Nov. 6.