(CNN)Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló defiantly announced he would not step down Tuesday, hours after police fired tear gas into crowds of protesters calling for his ouster.
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Protests have been taking place for days following the release of nearly 900 pages from the governor's private group chat obtained by The Center for Investigative Journalism and published via Telegram.
The leaked chats reveal a vengeful approach in running the government, with conversations between Rosselló and his inner circle including homophobic and anti-female sentiments.
Rosselló told reporters Tuesday that he will not resign. He also defended the actions of police and accused protestors of unleashing tear gas and setting fires during demonstrations Monday night.
"I will continue my work and my responsibility to the people of Puerto Rico," the embattled governor said at a news conference.
The leaks came the same week two former officials from Rosselló's administration were arrested by the FBI as part of a federal corruption investigation.
Now, both civilians and politicians are calling for the governor's resignation, with protesters filling the street in front of the governor's mansion in Old San Juan.
Rosselló said that he was the only person on the chats elected by the people of Puerto Rico and that he would work to restore the public's confidence in him.
"I have not committed any illegal or corrupt acts," he said. "I committed inappropriate acts and have expressed regret for that."
In one conversation about the management of Puerto Rico's financial crisis, the governor wrote "Dear Oversight Board, Go F*** Yourself."