PHOTOS: Protests demanding resignation of Puerto Rico's governor turn violent

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin (C), Puerto Rican rapper Rene Perez, aka Residente, (R) Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Bad Bunny (top), take part of a demonstration demanding Governor Ricardo Rossello's resignation in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 17, 2019. (Photo: Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty Images)

San Juan (AFP) - Thousands marched in Puerto Rico for a fifth day on Wednesday demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello, following corruption accusations and the leak of text chats in which he made sexist and homophobic remarks.

To the chant of "Ricky, renuncia!" ("Ricky, resign!") large crowds gathered in the capital San Juan clamoring for Rossello to leave office -- which he is refusing to do.

Local celebrity performers such as rapper Benito Martinez ("Bad Bunny"), pop icon Ricky Martin and Rene Perez ("Residente") had urged their fellow Puerto Ricans to demonstrate.

"Not just me, but many Puerto Ricans will hit the streets to demonstrate for what is correct," Martinez told the Spanish-language Telemundo network before heading to the march.

"We want him to leave and we will be here every day until he resigns or is removed," Joan Lopez, a 48-year-old teacher, told AFP at the demonstration.

Police fired tear gas at the crowd on Monday after a fire broke out near the government headquarters. Five protesters were arrested.

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Demonstrators march against governor Ricardo Rosello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Protesters are demanding Rossello step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island's finance. (Photo: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP)
A demonstrator dressed as Jesus holds a Spanish message: "Children of the cane field fight for Puerto Rico," in front of a police perimeter around the La Fortaleza residence of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)
Thousands of demonstrators protesting against Ricardo Rossello, the Governor of Puerto Rico July 17, 2019 in front of the Capitol Building in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The sign reads Ricky resign. (Photo: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images)
Puerto Rican environmental activist Tito Kayak climbs the pole in front of the capitol building to take down the flag of USA during the fifth day of protests calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico July 17, 2019. (Photo: Gabriella N. Baez/Reuters)
Maria Linoshka, wearing tape over her mouth reading "resignation" in Spanish, joins with other protesters demonstrating along a street leading to the Governors mansion as they call for Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello to step down on July 16, 2019 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest against Ricardo Rossello, the Governor of Puerto Rico on July 17, 2019 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Demonstrators chant aduring the fourth day of protest calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico July 16, 2019. (Photo: Gabriella N. Baez/Reuters)
A demonstrator reacts in front of the police during clashes near the executive mansion during clashes near the executive mansion demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)
Police arrest a demonstrator during clashes near the executive mansion demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)
A policeman shoots tear gas during clashes near the executive mansion demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP)
Demonstrators burn a U.S. flag during clashes with police on the fifth day of protests calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico July 17, 2019. (Photo: Gabriella N. Baez/Reuters)
Demonstrators affected by tear gas thrown by the police run during clashes near the executive mansion demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP)
Demonstrators affected by tear gas thrown by the police run during clashes near the executive mansion demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)
Police fire tear gas at demonstrators during the fifth day of protests calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico July 17, 2019. (Photo: Gabriella N. Baez/Reuters)
Demonstrators with a flag of Puerto Rico are under the tear gas thrown by the police during clashes near the executive mansion demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)
Citizens carry out riots near the executive mansion demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, July 15, 2019. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)

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