Violence & pepper spray at anti-Trump protests in Albuquerque
ONGOING: Albuquerque police deploy smoke grenades after protesters threw rocks at police: pic.twitter.com/gsRXLl0psU— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) May 25, 2016
The demonstrators opposing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee have been burning T-shirts and throwing plastic bottles at police. They attempted to knock down barricades and refused to obey law enforcers ordering them to clear out. Police officers used pepper spray and allegedly smoke grenades, physically dragging away some of the most active protesters.
Officers on horses and in riot gear clearing the troublesome intersection at Third and Tijeras. Tense, quiet. pic.twitter.com/rV9yGnU4DR— Dan McKay (@mckaydan) May 25, 2016
#Repost @abqjournalphoto: Albuquerque mounted police on 3rd Street in downtown Albuquerque as Trump protestors remained outside the Albuquerque Convention Center after the Trump rally, Tuesday May 24, 2016. (Photo by Roberto Rosales/Albuquerque Journal) @quiquephoto #albuquerque #abq #newmexico #trumpprotest #donaldtrump #donaldtrump2016 #trump2016 #trump #photojournalism
The aggressive demonstrators gathered near the local convention center where thousands of Trump’s supporters gathered to listen to their candidate. Anti-Trump protesters held banners: “Trump is Fascist” and “We've heard enough,” reports Associated Press.
Donald Trump suggested that his opponents “go home to mommy” and added that some of the “kids” that came to oppose him are “still wearing diapers.”
Massive protest outside Trump ABQ rally. Police in standoff with anti Trump protesters pic.twitter.com/RWvvRYLL4Y— Kayla Epstein (@KaylaEpstein) May 25, 2016
Police were present at the turmoil in full riot gear.
Albuquerque was the first stop in Trump’s jorney through New Mexico, America’s most Hispanic state.
New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, head of the Republican Governors Association, is the only Latino governor in the US. Earlier she criticized Trump’s remark about building a wall on the Mexican border.
Scenes from the situation post-Trump rally in NM: Protesters running over police car, riot police advance: pic.twitter.com/xoLTKMdpn9— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) May 25, 2016
During the Albuquerque meeting Trump criticized the governor, citing negative stats about New Mexico’s growing number of citizens on foodstamps.
“The Governor will not be bullied into supporting a candidate until she is convinced that candidate will fight for New Mexicans, and she did not hear that today,” said the governor’s spokesman Michael Lonergan.
Smashed windshield of police cruiser. pic.twitter.com/SL2629tYP6— Dan McKay (@mckaydan) May 25, 2016
Trump’s supporters said the violence outside the convention hall does make them nervous.
Albuquerque attorney Doug Antoon claimed he saw stones smashing windows in the hall when he was leaving late at night.
“This was not a protest, this was a riot. These are hate groups,” he said about the anti-Trump gathering.