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Protests turn violent at Trump’s rally in New Mexico

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 Anti-Trump protesters made their views clear at his rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico…on Tuesday PHOTO: REUTERS

Anti-Trump protesters made their views clear at his rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico…on Tuesday PHOTO: REUTERS

Demonstrators outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico have set fire to campaign merchandise and clashed with police.

Protesters threw burning T-shirts and plastic bottles at police outside the rally at a convention centre in Albuquerque.

Demonstrators held banners that read: “Trump is Fascist” and “We’ve heard enough”, and some waved a Mexican flag.

Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades at the crowd.

Protesters also interrupted Mr. Trump’s speech at the rally.

New Mexico is the most Hispanic state in the U.S., and Mr. Trump has angered many with his comments on illegal immigration and his plan to build a border wall with Mexico.

The protest had begun peacefully outside the Albuquerque Convention Centre a few hours before the rally began.

Tensions rose as Trump supporters began to arrive at the centre, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Both sides started trading abuse, including racial insults, and protesters threw water and water bottles.

As the number of protesters swelled to more than 600, the demonstration turned violent.

Albuquerque police said bottles and rocks were thrown at officers and police horses, and several were injured. They were seen responding by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd.

Mr. Trump, speaking to a crowd of 4,000 people, was typically robust in his response to the protesters.
“How old is this kid?” he asked of one that disrupted the rally, adding: “Still wearing diapers.”

To others, he said: “Go home to mommy.”

University student, Karla Molinar, told the Associated Press she took part in disrupting his speech because she felt Mr. Trump was attacking members of her family who were living in the country illegally.


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