Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, descended into chaos as demonstrators burned T-shirts, threw rocks at police officers, overturned garbage cans and vandalized property.
The situation escalated Tuesday night when a bullet reportedly was fired through a window at the Albuquerque Convention Center. One police officer reported the shot came from a BB gun while other said it was a bullet. A few reports after that have caused doubt whether there was actually gunfire involved at the beginning.
Protests continue in the streets. Trump supporter caught in the middle. pic.twitter.com/3zMHMKIPD6— Evan D. Folan (@EFolan_ABC7) May 25, 2016
The presumptive GOP nominee last spoke at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention after receiving their endorsement on Friday. Inside the convention center, Trump’s opening remarks were interrupted by angry objections. Some banners included messages like “Trump is Fascist” and “We’ve heard enough.”
Security was forced to remove protesters from inside the hall, but one woman resisted removal and tried to lock herself to a metal railing.
People from the streets tried to force their way inside the hall but they were pushed back by the police.
Even then, about 100 protesters launched rocks at the window while lighting the streets on fire outside.
Cars are stopping at this intersection in Albuquerque post-Trump rally and spinning their tires: pic.twitter.com/xzxuy18uDv— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) May 25, 2016
The police have responded by spraying mace and launching smoke grenades at the crowd outside Albuquerque Convention Center.
Cops dropping gas in albu pic.twitter.com/be96hon2rR— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) May 25, 2016
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
Smashed windshield of police cruiser. pic.twitter.com/SL2629tYP6— Dan McKay (@mckaydan) May 25, 2016
People jumping on police cars before they're tackled and taken away. pic.twitter.com/IZAxPLhzU9— Dan McKay (@mckaydan) May 25, 2016
Some people tweeted that the protests were centered on Trump’s stance against Hispanics.
Protesters outside site of Albuquerque rally chant "fuck Donald Trump," wave Mexican flags pic.twitter.com/DqHNQd1ztD— Ben Schreckinger (@SchreckReports) May 25, 2016
Even though many of the anti-Trump protesters left, dozens remained on the street, including drivers that spun truck tires to create noise and smoke.
Police stated the remaining protesters outside the center were there “to cause trouble and be destructive.”