Protesters rallied against the messaging of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump Saturday in New York City, clashing with police as they marched through Midtown, reports theNew York Daily News.
It was the second time in as many days that protesters took to the streets to denounce the candidate’s divisive and xenophobic platform, writes the news outlet:
Thousands of anti-Trump protesters, angry over the GOP front-runner’s hateful rhetoric, chanted “f— Trump!” and “Donald Trump! Go away!” as they rallied around the Trump International Tower building near 60th St. and Columbus Circle.
The group was shadowed by dozens of NYPD officers who lined the streets with metal barricades and blocked the protesters path as they tried to cross busy intersections.
Cops pepper-sprayed the crowd after a shoving match broke out on Central Park South, where police refused to let the parade of protesters cross the street.
Chicago wasn’t here for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump; neither was St. Louis and numerous cities in Ohio. Now Phoenix, Arizona and its surrounding towns can add themselves to that same illustrious list. On Saturday, the Grand Canyon State boasted some the gutsiest and fiercest protesters to emerge this election cycle.
According to BBC News, roughly “50 protesters caused traffic jams” on the expressway as a means to block supporters from attending a Trump Rally in nearby suburb Forest Hills. They even went as far as to chain themselves to cars.
Police made a few arrests before the crowd left, but unlike Chicago, Trump attended his scheduled rally where he blasted the Arizona protesters calling them “disgraceful” and accusing them of “representing Hillary Clinton,” the BBC noted.
Trump was in Arizona to stump before Tuesday’s primary, where polls show him leading Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
The type of mobilizing in Arizona isn’t all that surprising given the state’s high Latino population and proximity to the Mexican border, the same border that Trump has repeatedly said if elected he will build a wall around to block undocumented individuals from coming into the U.S.
Notably, Arizona wasn’t the only stepping and out on Saturday. According to Newsweek, anti-Trump protests broke out in New York City with thousands marched to denounce the candidate. The protest route made sure to pass “three of the Republican’s signature Manhattan skyscrapers,” Raw Story wrote.