Violence erupt at Trump Chicago rally

Protests against the Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump, led to violent clashes which made him to call off Chicago rally.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the venue, University of Illinois in Chicago hours before Trump was due.

Inside the auditorium, fighting broke out between supporters and protesters, who waved flags and chanted.

A statement from Trump’s campaign said the candidate decided to postpone the event after meeting with police.

But a Chicago Police Department spokesman said the force was not consulted in the decision to postpone the rally.

Opposition chant
At the rally there were chants for Trump from his supporters and for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders from some of the protesters.

There were several violent clashes, some sparked by Trump supporters attempting to wrestle flags from protesters.

One protester had to be physically removed from the stage by what appeared to be a Secret Service agent.

Violent clashes continued outside the venue, with helicopter footage showing chaotic scenes as police attempted to control the large crowds.

The full statement from Trump’s campaign read:

“Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.

“Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.”

Speaking after the incident, Trump denied using hate speech or playing any part in fostering division.

“I represent a large group of people that have a lot of anger. There is tremendous anger out there on both sides,” he said.

Discussing the decision to cancel the rally, he said: “I think it was a very good thing we did; I think it was an intelligent decision.”

 

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