Some of Puerto Rico’s biggest stars rallied a crowd of many thousands in San Juan on Wednesday calling on the island’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, to resign. It was the fifth day in a row of protests following a leak of hundreds of pages of misogynistic and homophobic texts between the governor and his main advisers.
During the day, trap artist Bad Bunny and the singer Ricky Martin were among the huge crowd that marched to the governor’s mansion.
Tensions ratcheted up in the evening as protesters burst through a barricade at the governor’s mansion, and security forces fired tear gas at the crowd, causing many to flee into surrounding streets. A livestream showed chaotic scenes of demonstrators confronting riot police a few minutes after midnight local time.
By early hours Thursday, the old city of San Juan resembled a war zone, with police chasing protesters through the streets while firing rubber bullets, gas canisters and what appeared to be flash bombs.
Earlier, demonstrators wearing gas masks and hard-hats set a pile of garbage on fire in a plaza, and police quickly fired tear gas at them. A street was shown littered with debris and broken glass.
A police spokesperson Axel Valencia said five people were arrested and two people were reported injured.