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Protests Erupt Outside Trump Rally in New Mexico

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Police block off the Albuquerque Convention Center to anti-Trump protests following a rally and speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the convention center where the event was held, in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Police block off the Albuquerque Convention Center to anti-Trump protests following a rally and speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the convention center where the event was held, in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

A Donald Trump rally in New Mexico Tuesday evening was disrupted by angry demonstrators who broke through barricades.

Dozens of police officers, many on horseback, repeatedly warned protestors to stay away from the sidewalk in front of the venue, where supporters of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee were lined up to enter the rally.

Demonstrators held signs painted with Anarchy symbols and messages including "Trump is Fascist" and "We've heard enough" and burned T-shirts and other paraphernalia bearing Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again", throwing some burning items at police officers.

Bottles and rocks were also reportedly thrown, damaging one of the glass doors to the Albuquerque Convention Center.

A few protestors made it inside the rally as well, repeatedly interrupting the real-estate mogul. Some were dragged out of the building as an onlooking Trump commented "This is so exciting, isn't it?"

The rally marked Trump's first visit to New Mexico, the nation's most heavily Hispanic state. It is lead by Governor Susana Martinez - the U.S.'s only Hispanic governor and head of the Republican Governor's association. Martinez did not attend the rally and is yet to endorse a presidential candidate.

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