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Police clash with protesters in front of the governor's mansion in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

After a day of largely peaceful protests involving hundreds of thousands of people, Puerto Rico police used tear gas to try and disperse demonstrators from the streets of San Juan Monday night, Reuters reports.

Details: Protesters threw objects at police keeping the line between the governor’s mansion and those calling for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign over leaked homophobic and sexist text messages, according to ABC News. Police said they deployed tear gas at 11 p.m. after several warnings to protesters to leave the area, per ABC.

The big picture: Police have used tear gas on protesters on previous nights over the past week, as pressure grows on Rosselló to step down. On Sunday, he said he'd resign as leader of his party and would not run for re-election next year, but he refused to step down as governor before the end of his term.

This article has been updated with more details on clashes between police and protesters.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.