Thugs throw Molotov cocktails into Puerto Rico gay bar
A gay bar in Puerto Rico has been hit in a shocking arson attack.
Emergency services were called to Circo Bar, a popular gay nightclub in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after the attack on Sunday.
According to reports from local newspaper El Vocero, several Molotov cocktails were thrown into the club at around 7:30 PM on Sunday, sparking a fire.
Luckily it does not appear that anyone was injured in the attack, and as the fire was quickly extinguished the damage was not extensive.
The motive of the attack is not known, and there have been no arrests.
Witnesses apparently saw “several individuals dressed in black” carry out the attack.
Pedro Julio Serrano, of Puerto Rican LGBT group Puerto Rico Para [email protected], has urged police to probe the attack as a hate crime.
The activist said: “We must investigate if there is a hate crime. They threw incendiary devices at a gay club in Santurce.”
There is a thriving gay community in Puerto Rico, which legalised same-sex marriage in 2015 following the US Supreme Court ruling.
The attack on the bar comes as Puerto Rico continues to struggle to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
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