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

Protesters clashed with the police outside a Trump rally on Tuesday night in Albuquerque. (photo: Roberto Rosales/Albuquerque Journal/AP)
Protesters clashed with the police outside a Trump rally on Tuesday night in Albuquerque. (photo: Roberto Rosales/Albuquerque Journal/AP)


Protests Turn Violent Outside Trump Event in New Mexico

By Eric Bradner, Noah Gray and Jeremy Diamond, CNN

25 May 16

 

rotesters 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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+19 # danireland46 2016-05-25 09:35
He's really bringing the best of US out, isn't he?
 
 
+8 # HowardMH 2016-05-25 10:26
Yes and the best are telling him to go to hell.

Did you see Maddow's show last night that covered some of the Goons Drumpf has hired to raise money for his campaign? You know the campaign that he has been running his mouth about that was self funded. Most of them have been charged with some form of embezzlement.
 
 
0 # jsluka 2016-05-25 15:07
Yes, he's "uniting" us like he promised - like two cats in a cat fight.
 
 
+18 # paulkinzelman 2016-05-25 10:07
I wasn't there, but my neighbors were, and they haven't support him, but they wanted to go see what the rally was about in person instead of reading about it later.

They said he spent a lot of time harping on the damage that Wall Street has done, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and he had some complementary things to say about Bernie, none of which was reported in the newspaper, and all of which the plutocrats don't want you to know about. Actually lots of commonality with Bernie if you can get past all his racist and misogynist speeches of the past. We were speculating that wouldn't it be interesting if Trump picked Bernie to be his VP.

The demonstrations against Trump got violent, but then they could be provocateurs by either the police or Hillary, no way to tell. They certainly don't represent Bernie.
 
 
+14 # paulkinzelman 2016-05-25 10:07
Remember that Occupy was broken up often with police provocateurs as well.
 
 
+8 # jdd 2016-05-25 11:28
Interesting. Where is all the feigned outrage and hysteria that followed the trivial incidents, (some chairs ruffled, some nasty phone calls) at the Nevada Dem Convention? CNN went on for days using it as a platform for Hillary to demand Bernie drop-out. Not now.
 
 
+4 # Radscal 2016-05-25 16:09
Yep. Though there are accusations that the violence at Drumpf events was done by Sanders supporters.

I very strongly suspect these are agents provocateurs.
 
 
+11 # reiverpacific 2016-05-25 10:27
Quoting paulkinzelman:
I wasn't there, but my neighbors were, and they haven't support him, but they wanted to go see what the rally was about in person instead of reading about it later.

They said he spent a lot of time harping on the damage that Wall Street has done, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and he had some complementary things to say about Bernie, none of which was reported in the newspaper, and all of which the plutocrats don't want you to know about. Actually lots of commonality with Bernie if you can get past all his racist and misogynist speeches of the past. We were speculating that wouldn't it be interesting if Trump picked Bernie to be his VP.

The demonstrations against Trump got violent, but then they could be provocateurs by either the police or Hillary, no way to tell. They certainly don't represent Bernie.


Thanks for that info' from the front!
 
 
+3 # Glen 2016-05-25 12:52
Or provocateurs put in place by the TRUMP people. Wouldn't be the first time in the history of set ups in this country. Go back to the '60's for research on the subject. Reagan was an expert at roiling an incident into a need for the National Guard.
 
 
-2 # RnR 2016-05-25 18:48
I've been suggesting Bernie to Trump since forever. He does have the huevos to do it but I don't know if Bernie would go for it. Hillary would probably force him to get a food taster if he did (Bernie) :)
 
 
-9 # babaregi 2016-05-25 13:50
You SJWs will love this guy; he's your man! (see link)

Don't take away his mama's food stamps (your 'tax dollars at work' make the breeding of this kind of guy possible):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6AcLgF9LX0

For you Godless heathens, Warning: Video posted by a Christian.
(I'm not affiliated)
 
 
+4 # jsluka 2016-05-25 15:09
Very ugly Troll. Ignore and maybe she will go away?
 
 
-2 # babaregi 2016-05-25 20:40
Quoting jsluka:
Very ugly Troll. Ignore and maybe she will go away?


The truth is sometimes unpleasant but denial of it is what's ugly! (a 'Progressive' specialty).

I believe I will stick around and remind you guys of that every so often because you certainly won't do it on your own.
 

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