Banging pots and pans and chanting "Ricky Resign!," Puerto Ricans rallied in San Juan's old city for an eight day in a row on Saturday (July 20), calling for governor Ricardo Rossello to quit over misogynistic and homophobic messages.
The chats, from a Telegram message group and referring mainly to politicians and officials, were published earlier this month (July 6).
The leak, running to 889 pages, added to Rossello's woes after two former officials were arrested by the FBI last week as part of a federal corruption probe in the U.S. territory.
The chats, revealed by Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism, showed how Rossello and allies exchanged vulgar memes and comments as well as privileged information.
The protests have also tapped into simmering resentment over Rossello's handling of devastating hurricanes in 2017 and alleged corruption as Puerto Rico's fragile economy struggles to recover from the island's bankruptcy.
The violence and political turmoil comes at a critical stage in the U.S. territory's bankruptcy process.
It has also raised concerns with U.S. lawmakers who are weighing the island's requests for billions of federal dollars for healthcare and hurricane recovery efforts.