Baku. 28 May. REPORT.AZ/ A campaign rally for presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in San Diego Friday turned violent after protesters clashed with police outside the San Diego Convention Center, yielding three arrests.
Report informs citing the foreign media, protesters, supporters and law enforcement officials filled the heart of downtown San Diego for the high-profile political event. Trump took the podium inside the convention center just before 2:30 p.m.
About a half-hour into Trump's speech, protesters filled the intersection outside the convention center on Harbor Drive where San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officers had established a "free speech zone" for demonstrators designed to prevent violent encounters between protesters and supporters. That area in front of the San Diego Convention Center is typically very busy with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System's (MTS) trolley also runs through the area.
In that zone, a protester tried to jump the police barricade and that's when things turned violent.
Several arrests followed and at approximately 4:40 p.m., police declared the gathering an "unlawful assembly."