Protests against the Republican front-runner in the presidential race Donald Trump continue across the country. This time, hundreds of protesters thronged at the California Republican Convention to protest against him ahead of his speech.
According to the reports, protesters blocked off the road in front of the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame city on Friday, forcing him to get out his motorcade and walk to the dais.
“That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made,” Trump said once he began speaking at the convention, adding, “it felt like I was crossing the border”.
At one point before Trump arrived, about two dozen protesters tried to rush barriers near the hotel. Police officers then rushed to the building’s doors, successfully blocking the protesters from getting in.
Some of the doors’ handles were handcuffed from the inside so they could not be forced open.
Several physical altercations, including shoving, could be seen between protesters and police officers, who were using batons to push them back.
After Trump arrived, protesters took down a barrier and flooded the entrance outside the hotel, where police again blocked them from entering. They chanted, “Get him out”.
Protesters have disrupted Trump’s rallies across the country for months, but have rarely escalated into mass street demonstrations. Many protests have focused on Trump’s rhetoric on illegal immigration.