Protesters block road outside Trump Arizona event, march in NYC – CNN
Protests at Trump rallies increasingly have become more contentious in recent days. Friday night, protesters outside a Trump rally in Salt Lake City, Utah, tried to breach the venue’s doors, causing police officers and Secret Service officers to abruptly shut them as Trump was speaking. And last week, scuffles between protesters and supporters in Chicago led Trump to cancel a rally there.
Trump on Saturday is set to appear with Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who endorsed the GOP front-runner in January. Arpaio rose to conservative fame with his aggressive roundups of undocumented immigrants and attention-grabbing tactics like clothing inmates in pink underwear.
Speaking to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield, Arpaio said authorities are “going to do everything we can to continue to have this rally,” adding that authorities are “ready for any problems.”
“We’ll do everything possible to make sure we have free speech in this country. Donald Trump has a right to speak out and the people have a right to go in there and hear him speak,” Arpaio said. “If certain groups don’t like it, that’s OK. They have freedom of speech, but they’re not going to violate any laws. They’re going to have to pay the consequences.”
March in Manhattan
While the protest in Arizona was underway, crowds of demonstrators gathered in Manhattan to march from Columbus Circle near Central Park to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
A small skirmish erupted when protesters started throwing water bottles at police, who were trying to keep them from impeding traffic. A handful of protesters were pepper-sprayed and some were arrested.
Along the march, tourists stopped to snap photos.
Protesters carried signs with messages such as “#CrushTrump” and shouted, “Hey, hey / ho, ho / Donald Trump has got to go.”
The march was organized by groups that included immigrant-rights activists and the “Cosmopolitan Antifascists.” A Facebook page for the group said it stands for “inclusion, diversity and human rights.”
One protester, Malu Huacuja, who is Mexican, said she was protesting Trump’s rhetoric on immigration.
“I am not a drug dealer,” she said. “I am not a criminal. I am not a rapist … Hatred is a very dangerous poison in the soul of humanity.”