Donald Trump’s rallies in Fresno and San Diego, 15 miles from where his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border will stand if he wins the White House – were met with violent clashes between police, supporters and protesters Friday.
Legions of protesters – about 1,000 – were waiting for him outside the San Diego Convention Center. Signs reading ‘Trump incites hate’, ‘Too Bad for America and many more filtered the air, while a smaller, but no less passionate group met outside Fresno’s Selland Arena.
Inevitably, things got out of hand: Pepper spray got in eyes, cops jostled crowds with their batons and riot cops pulled people to the ground. At least two people were arrested in Fresno for not complying with police orders. In San Diego, police moved into the Gaslamp district at about 4.40pm to break up what they said was an unlawful gathering, according to the Los Angeles Times.