Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico police use tear gas on protesters during mass rally

 Demonstrators and police face off during a protest against Ricardo Rossello.
Protesters and police face off in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Puerto Rico riot police clashed with protesters Wednesday night, as thousands rallied for a 5th consecutive day in Old San Juan to call for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Demonstrators want Rosselló to resign over leaked messages shared on encrypted messaging app Telegram with administration members. The content was reported to include misogynistic, profane and homophobic comments, prompting 2 top officials to step down.

Puerto Rico police fire tear gas at protesters of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló

Thousands march to the Capitol Building and the governor's mansion on July 15, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Thousands march to the Capitol Building and governor's mansion Monday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

Puerto Rico riot police forced protesters back with tear gas and pepper spray outside Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's residence Monday evening, as they called for his resignation over leaked crude messages, the New York Times first reported.

Details: Thousands of people took part in the march in the capital for a 3rd day, per CBS News. Police commissioner Henry Escalera told reporters some demonstrators had thrown cobblestones, bottles and their own tear gas at officers during the 2.5-hour standoff, according to the NYT.