Albuquerque Chaos: Anti-Tump rally explodes in hectic street battles (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Several police officers have been reported injured by the Albuquerque Police Department “as a result of being hit by rocks”.
Several #APD officers are being treated for injuries as a result of being hit by rocks. At least one subj arrested from the riot.— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) May 25, 2016
Protesters against Trump’s political rise gathered outside the performing arts center Tuesday, ahead of his rally. Daylight marches calling for voters to “Dump Trump” had seemingly set the tone for a peaceful day of demonstration.
However, as the evening wore on scores of people grew increasingly angry at Trump’s presence, many of them hurling burning missiles, as well as rocks towards armed riot police.
Protestors are now throwing bottles and rocks at our Police Horses.— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) May 25, 2016
Protesters are throwing burning t shirts at trump rally pic.twitter.com/rVbGmHsW6x— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) May 25, 2016
Footage from the scene shows anti-Trump protesters flooding the streets, with some running over the top of parked police vehicles.
A bunch of Trump protesters just jumped over a state police SUV pic.twitter.com/a7luLyObdq— Kayla Epstein (@KaylaEpstein) May 25, 2016
Watch: Protesters throw rocks at police, officers respond by tossing smoke canisters, using pepper spray. pic.twitter.com/BEpSXb1XSh— Jacob Rascon (@Jacobnbc) May 25, 2016
Reports had suggested that tear gas was used to quell crowd chaos. However, the Albuquerque Police Department has denied this, saying video of supposed tear gas canisters was “just smoke.”
The smoke that has been seen is not tear gas, it's just smoke. We have not deployed tear gas at this time.— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) May 25, 2016
May have been smoke bombs, cause it doesn't smell like the tear gas I've dealt with. But still— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) May 25, 2016
Happening NOW: Police in Albuquerque firing pepper spray at protesters after today's Trump rally: pic.twitter.com/dnLamjjNU0— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) May 25, 2016
The entrance to the convention center was also damaged as demonstrators allegedly tried to storm the building, reports Reuters.
Glass doors shattered at Albuquerque convention center where Trump held his rally. Cops not letting reporters out. pic.twitter.com/vGvmXQIvjK— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) May 25, 2016
Someone or something broke a glass door here at ABQ convention center. Police have it barricaded pic.twitter.com/rSPxQ5F8xz— Kayla Epstein (@KaylaEpstein) May 25, 2016
Trump’s senior campaign advisor Dan Scavino has branded protesters as clueless “thugs” and “punks.”
Meanwhile, Socialist presidential candidate Gloria La Riva - an Albuquerque native - said the “resistance” to Trump was unsurprising given the Republican’s outspoken comments to date.
“The violence is #Trump’s racist threats against immigrants, Muslims; intolerable bigotry diverts attention from the real problem: capitalism,” she tweeted.
“When you have #Trump saying he will expel #Mexicans & undocumented, what do you expect but resistance?”
The riots in Albuquerque erupted on a day when the billionaire businessman took another step towards the GOP nomination by winning the Washington state primary.
The last remaining Republican candidate, Trump is expected to reach the 1,237 delegate count during the next round of primaries in California, New Mexico, New Jersey, Montana and South Dakota. He has already claimed 1,196 delegates.
See who’s winning the Republican primaries: Trump delegate count 1,196 after Washington https://t.co/2Ptpo9Y6m9— Luke Holohan (@Lukeholohan) May 25, 2016
Trump’s campaign has now rolled on to Los Angeles where a rally is being held for his supporters at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Great rally in New Mexico, amazing crowd! Now in L.A. Big rally in Anaheim.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2016