Donald Trump has hit out at ‘thugs’ and ‘criminals’ who protested a rally in Albuquerque last night which turned violent when demonstrators trying to disrupt his speech set fire to flags, threw rocks and bottles at police, knocked down a police horse, and sent people running in fear over the sound of a gunshot.
UK Daily Mail Around 100 protesters broke through a barricade outside the building shortly after Trump took to the stage, trying to throw rocks through a window and at police, and setting fires on the street outside.
Smoke canisters erupted through the streets as police tried to surround the protesters, while multiple officers are being treated for injuries and one protester has been arrested, police told Daily Mail Online. Protesters were also reportedly chanting ‘Viva Mexico’ while setting fire to pro-Trump flags.
Trump took to his Twitter account on Wednesday morning to say: ‘The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!’
Protestors are now throwing bottles and rocks at our Police Horses.
— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) May 25, 2016
More: The moment protesters started attacking police, throwing chairs, rocks, water, and a gate at them. pic.twitter.com/ahalRir4SE
— Jacob Rascon (@Jacobnbc) May 25, 2016
Let's do. Horse's really? Shows the complete & total depravity of these savages. https://t.co/Dhq1albHXU
— Angry White Girl (@DCGoheen) May 25, 2016