SUP­PORT­ERS RALLY FOR PRES­I­DENT

Clashes erupt as gath­er­ings take place across the coun­try

New Straits Times - - World -

FROM Colorado’s state capi­tol to Trump Tower in New York, and the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment, groups of hun­dreds of peo­ple ral­lied for Pres­i­dent Trump on Satur­day, wav­ing “De­plorables for Trump” signs and car­ry­ing a life­size cutout of the pres­i­dent.

The March 4 Trump demon­stra­tions were held around the coun­try, and sup­port­ers clashed with gen­er­ally smaller groups of counter pro­test­ers.

In Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, Trump sup­port­ers fought coun­ter­protesters dur­ing a march in sup­port of the pres­i­dent.

Peo­ple wear­ing gog­gles, mo­tor­cy­cle hel­mets, gas masks or with their face half-cov­ered with ban­danas were seen push­ing each other, throw­ing punches and hit­ting each other with the sticks hold­ing their signs.

Six peo­ple protest­ing in St Paul, Min­nesota, were ar­rested on felony riot charges af­ter they lit fire­works in­side the Min­nesota state capi­tol and fled.

About 400 peo­ple at­tended the St Paul event, and about 50 showed up to protest it. Some other mi­nor scuf­fles be­tween the duelling demon­stra­tors were quickly de­fused.

In Nashville, two peo­ple were ar­rested as pro­test­ers clashed with Trump sup­port­ers at the Ten­nessee capi­tol. The groups at times cursed at each other and made phys­i­cal con­tact, which state troop­ers broke up.

Near Mar-a-Lago, the Palm

Beach Post re­ported that peo­ple on both sides ex­changed pro­fan­ity. Trump’s mo­tor­cade stopped so he could wave at sup­port­ers.

In Ohio, Trump sup­porter Mar­garet Howe, 57, of Pataskala, said she in­creas­ingly feared civil war.

“We did not want this to hap­pen,” she said, adding, “We came out to­day be­cause Trump de­serves to see he still has peo­ple for him. It’s just all sad.”

Out­side the state capi­tol in Den­ver, hun­dreds gath­ered and lis­tened to speak­ers, in­clud­ing for­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tom Tan­credo, on the West Steps fac­ing the Rocky moun­tains.

Many held Amer­i­can flags or wore red, white and blue coloured out­fits, and held signs with mes­sages like “Veter­ans be­fore Refugees”.

A group of counter pro­test­ers gath­ered nearby. They chanted “No Trump. No KKK. No fas­cist USA” and held signs say­ing “Your vote was a hate crime”.

Hun­dreds gath­ered in ral­lies on both ends of Penn­syl­va­nia to show sup­port for Trump.

Sup­port­ers waved signs and flags, and lis­tened to speeches dur­ing Satur­day’s “Spirit of Amer­ica” rally in Ben­salem’s Ne­shaminy State Park in east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia’s Bucks County.

At a North Carolina rally, speak­ers said the me­dia and left­wing politi­cians were bor­der­ing on sedi­tion in their op­po­si­tion to the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent.

Some men were seen walk­ing through the Raleigh crowd car­ry­ing a Trump flag as well as a Con­fed­er­ate flag.

Gath­ered just be­hind the rally was a hand­ful of pro­test­ers, some of whom blew air horns in an at­tempt to dis­rupt the event.

“We’re gonna take our coun­try back and we’re gonna es­tab­lish bor­ders and have le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and law and or­der,” said Cherie Fran­cis.

“And if you’re against all that, then you should be afraid.”

REUTERS PIC

A sup­porter of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump hold­ing a shield as a group of men punch a counter demon­stra­tor dur­ing the ‘Peo­ple 4 Trump’ rally in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, on Satur­day.

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