El Vocero, a Puerto Rican newspaper, reported “several individuals who were dressed in black” threw “incendiary devices” at Circo Bar — which is located in the Santurce neighborhood of the U.S. commonwealth’s capital of San Juan — at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
El Vocero reported the devices did not cause significant damage to the club. A police spokesperson told the newspaper that no arrests have been made and the motive behind the attack remains unclear.
Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rican LGBT advocacy group, on Sunday urged authorities to investigate whether the attack was a hate crime.
Hay que investigar si hay un ángulo de odio. Lanzan bombas incendiarias a discoteca gay en Santurce https://t.co/HpAQdYjsNZ
— Pedro Julio Serrano (@PedroJulio) October 29, 2017
The attack took place less than six weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico.
More than 70 percent of the island’s 3.4 million residents remain without electricity. Roughly 20 percent of Puerto Ricans still do not have access to running water.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz — who supports LGBT rights in the U.S. commonwealth — remains among the most vocal critics of the federal and Puerto Rican governments’ response to Maria.
Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Sunday urged the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to cancel a controversial $300 million contract it signed with a Montana company to help rebuild the island’s power infrastructure. Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, which is known by the acronym PREPA, a few hours announced it had cancelled the contract with the company that is based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Mont.