Burlingame: Hundreds of protesters jostled with police in riot gear Friday outside a California hotel where Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was to give a speech, forcing the candidate to duck into a back entrance.
Some of the protesters lobbed eggs at officers while others attempted to break through barricades set up around the hotel located near San Francisco’s international airport.
The tense protest in Burlingame follows similar demonstrations that turned violent late Thursday at another Trump campaign rally in southern California.
Police had blocked the roads near the hotel where Trump was to speak and formed a security cordon around the building to keep protesters from entering.
One banner carried by the demonstrators read “No hate, no racism, no Trump” while another said “No hate in our state.” Several protesters carried Mexican flags.
Late Thursday, some 20 people were arrested outside the Orange County amphitheater in Costa Mesa during a Trump campaign stopover, which drew a crowd of thousands ahead of the state’s June 7 primary.
The demonstrators hurled rocks at passing vehicles and vandalized cars, smashing at least one patrol car’s window and puncturing the tires on a police sports utility vehicle, while trying to overturn another police car.
California, which votes on the last day of Republican primaries, is absolutely crucial in Trump’s push to secure the number of delegates he needs to win the Republican presidential nomination.