Donald Trump’s campaign on Friday cancelled his rally in Chicago over security concerns as his supporters clash with protesters inside an arena where he was to speak. The announcement, which came amid hundreds of protesters both inside and outside the event at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Hundreds of demonstrators packed into an arena, breaking out into protest even before Trump had shown up. At least five sections in the arena were filled with protesters. Trump’s supporters, many of whom had waited hours to see him, seemed stunned and slowly filed out in anger.
As Trump’s supporters waited, they chanted, “Trump! Trump! Trump!” while the protesters yelled anti-Trump slogans and skirmished with the supporters. Three men in T-shirts that read, “Muslims United Against Trump,” departed early on, delighting the pro-Trump crowd.
The Chicago police, along with university officers and the federal authorities were out in force or hours. A Chicago police spokesman said that city law enforcement authorities were not consulted and had no role in cancelling the event. The spokesman said there had been five arrests, two by the Chicago police, two by the university’s police and one by the Illinois State Police. The fire department said three people, including a police officer, were injured.
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In a statement, Mr. Trump’s campaign said that he “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,” the statement said.
On MSNBC, Mr. Trump said that after meeting with the law enforcement authorities, “I felt it was just safer. I don’t want to see anybody get hurt.”
Asked about the images of people clashing at the rally, Mr. Trump said, “Honestly, we have a very divided country.”
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Source: NY times