SAN DIEGO — Protesters clashed with supporters of Donald Trump after the presumptive GOP nominee held a rally here Friday afternoon.
San Diego police said three arrests had been made but the crowd, numbering about 1,000, was largely peaceful. But as Trump supporters flooded into the streets following the event at the San Diego Convention Center, sparse clashes soon broke out between supporters of the presumptive Republican nominee and protesters opposed to his campaign, notably Trump’s views on immigration.
Dozens of police officers, clad in riot gear and clutching batons, separated the two groups.
As protesters and supporters lingered in the streets, some individuals on both sides began throwing eggs, bottles and other objects at each other.
As the situation intensified at moments, with several volleys of bottles being tossed between the sides, police officers moved in, forcefully and at times aggressively pushing back Trump supporters, protesters and media caught in the scrum with their batons.
But while some violent altercations did break out, the two sides mostly shouted and chanted at each other.
Protesters, some of whom waved Mexican flags, shouted “F— Trump” and immigration-focused slogans.
Trump supporters countered with chants of “USA, USA” and “Build that wall,” prompting responses of “F— your wall.”
Several fights broke out, but one man, wearing a “Free Hugs” shirt, repeatedly stepped between the two sides, seeking to prevent physical altercations.