Trump protesters smash door, break through barriers

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(CNN) — Protesters lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in New Mexico — the latest scuffle to follow the presumptive Republican nominee’s campaign.

The scene outside Albuquerque’s convention center was chaotic as police ushered protesters away from Trump’s event and into the nearby streets.

There, anti-Trump protesters — many critical of his positions on immigration — loudly chanted, “F*** Donald Trump.”

The protesters had broken a glass door to the convention center. Some taunted police and jumped on police vehicles as officers in riot gear and on police horses moved them away from the convention center’s exits.

Trump had already left the event.

The scene was reminiscent of the violence between Trump supporters and protesters in Chicago in March.

This time, though, police kept protesters and Trump supporters apart, and didn’t arrest or clash with the protesters.

Despite initial word of gunshots, Albuquerque’s police department said on Twitter that there was “no confirmation” of gunshots.

“There is no confirmation that any gunshots were fired, contrary to reports. Possible damage to Convention Center Windows by pellet gun,” the department tweeted.

Police reported rocks and bottles being thrown at their police horses, but downplayed their clashes with protesters on Twitter, noting that they hadn’t used tear gas and had not arrested any of the protesters.

“The smoke that has been seen is not tear gas, it’s just smoke. We have not deployed tear gas at this time,” the police tweeted.

Police added: “Only arrests at this point have been from inside the rally.”

Inside Trump’s event, protesters disrupted him sporadically. At least three were forcefully removed by police after they refused to leave.

A group of a dozen protesters in the grandstands around the stage where Trump spoke unfurled banners that read “Undocumented Unafraid” and “We’ve heard enough.” Another banner accused Trump of being a fascist.

At one point, a woman in what appeared to be a bra was throwing fake money in the air in the stands behind Trump. She was eventually escorted out by police and security.

It’s not the first instance of violence at a Trump event. In March, there were violent clashes between Trump’s supporters and protesters in Chicago, at an event that Trump decided to cancel.

Protesters inside Trump events have faced violence, too. One was punched at an event in North Carolina, with the Trump supporter involved in the incident later facing criminal charges.

Eventually, the Albuquerque police tweeted, “Appears that most of the @realDonaldTrump protestors have left & remaining contingent is only looking to cause trouble & be destructive.”

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5 comments

  • Dirk VanAtter

    I would say round these protesters up and deport them, but apparently we don’t even do that to illegals who are openly violent and dangerous.
    I wonder if these people realize how their actions are actually making American voters realize that we had mandatory deportation of illegals for a very good reason, and that this violence is swinging more and more voters in Trump’s direction?

    • Not a supporter of the 2016 political three clown circus!

      @Dirk Vanatter,
      Well maybe the U.S. Should have deported his former wife and his current wife as soon as they arrived in this country. The guy is a hypocrite and control freak, The draft was still in effect when the vietnam war was going on, He didn’t even fight or serve for the “country” he claims he loves and has “vowed” to make great again!
      But who will ever hold him to his word since he back peddles and never takes responsibilty for anything he has said and done..Including his 4 bankruptcies, 2 failed marriages, and a BAD case of verbal diarrhea.
      He is not a self made millionaire/billionaire, He has had everything basically given to him-
      We could go on, But we would be here all day.
      I just love seeing the constipated look on his supporters faces when you ask them why they support that blow hard and all they can ever do is parrot Trump: “He’s going to make America (Not the USA) GREAT AGAIN! Lol- which america? There is North America, South America & Central America!
      Ask these dolts “How is he going to make it great again?” Be specific, And all they can come up with is: “He’s gonna build that wall” Lol!
      If he does get elected, and thats a big IF, I can’t wait to see all of his hillbilly supporters cry when that controlling idiot becomes a dictator and all of the “people” that supported him lose everything they have.

  • Elizabeth

    I say hell yes to them. Trump is NOT a good person for office big woop he has money. He did not struggle like most of Americans to get to where he is.