Up to 20 people were arrested as protests outside a Donald Trump rally turned violent. They were among hundreds of people who took part in noisy demonstrations, waving Mexican and American flags and bringing traffic to a halt outside the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa. The protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser punctured the tires of another and at one point tried to flip another vehicle. They also scrawled graffiti on a police car, hurled rocks at other drivers and left one Trump supporter bloodied and bruised. Police in riot gear and on horseback pushed back the crowd, which did not disperse until three hours after the event.
I knew this was going to happen. It was going to be a riot. He deserves what he gets
Protester Daniel Lujan, 19
The evening had begun relatively peacefully, although half-a-dozen anti-Trump protesters taunted those waiting to get into the venue. Supporters of the Republican presidential nomination frontrunner surrounded one man who waved a Mexican flag and shouted “Build that wall! Build that wall!” - a reference to his call to create a barrier between the United States and Mexico to stop illegal border crossings. At one point, seven women wearing no shirts and Bernie Sanders stickers over their breasts entered the square outside the amphitheater. They said they were protesting Mr Trump’s lack of engagement on issues of gender equality and women’s rights.
I feel like he wants to make America great again, but certainly not for women, for the LBGTQ community or for the lower class.
Equality protester Tiernan Hebron