Violent Protests Rage outside Trump Rally in Orange County, CA; 17 People Arrested


The LA Times reports that protesters took to the streets outside of a Donald Trump rally in Orange, California. The crowd gathered in the streets outside the OC Fair & Event Center as Trump addressed several thousand supporters at the Center’s amphitheater. As Trump fired up the crowd inside, the crowd outside formed into nothing more than a mob. Freedom of speech is one thing, outright chaos, crime and violence is unacceptable. Many were arrested during the protests by police.

Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate.

Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle, and at one point tried to flip a police car.

“Dump the Trump,” said one sign. Another protester scrawled anti-Trump messages onto Costa Mesa police cruisers.

“I’m protesting because I want equal rights for everybody, and I want peaceful protest,” said 19-year-old Daniel Lujan, one of hundreds in a crowd that appeared to be mostly Latinos in their late teens and 20s.

“I knew this was going to happen,” Lujan added. “It was going to be a riot. He deserves what he gets.”
Video footage showed some anti-Trump demonstrators hurling debris at a passing pickup. One group of protesters carried benches and blocked the entrance to the 55 Freeway along Newport Boulevard, with some tossing rocks at motorists near the on-ramp.

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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “Violent Protests Rage outside Trump Rally in Orange County, CA; 17 People Arrested”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on April 29th, 2016 10:41 am

      This behavior reminds me of the crazy muslims in the Gaza strip.

      Mostly Mexicans who have zero understanding of proper behavior and furthermore do not care. Destruction of city property during such an event should be grounds for a long jail sentence and deportation if found to be illegals.

    2. kashekamon on April 30th, 2016 10:07 am

      #1….ditto….but obama will do zero to enforce the crime and if Hillary is elected she will do even less.

      When protesting becomes unsafe and is dangerous to the public and property is destroyed it’s time to put an end to abusive protesting at any event period. Abuse is illegal. This is in total defiance of the law.

      They need a designated place to protest and not be allowed to mingle in with the general public. That in it’s self is an invasion of our civil rights.

      Trump isn’t a racist against a race of Mexicans, he’s against those who are illegal immigrants and other crimes committed. And so are we! He’s never said a bad word about legal immigration, or having visas or green cards and he’s said many of the Mexican illegal immigrants are probably good people but they can’t be illegal. If you have a problem with than you should be arrested and deported.

    3. kashekamon on April 30th, 2016 10:13 am

      Can’t you post a sign that says private property no protesting?

      The police should be allowed to tear gas those that are committing crime!!!!

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