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    Trump Cancels Chicago Rally As Clashes Break Out

    Demonstrators cheer after Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump cancelled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago, March 11, 2016.
    Demonstrators cheer after Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump cancelled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago, March 11, 2016.
    VOA News

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump canceled a rally in a Chicago arena Friday night after thousands of protesters converged on the venue and clashed with Trump supporters.

    Ahead of Trump's expected speech, scores of protesters entered the arena at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the scene grew rowdy as crowds shouted pro- and anti-Trump slogans that included obscenities.

    Trump released a statement announcing the rally would be postponed. He urged everyone to "go in peace" and said he does not want to see anyone hurt.

    As scuffles broke out among those gathered, police and security guards took up positions to keep the groups separated. Television footage showed isolated clashes among small groups of rally-goers, with some exchanging shoves and punches. Police later dispersed the crowd.

    Police say no arrests were made and no injuries reported.

    Protesters are escorted out of UIC Pavilion before Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago, March 11, 2016.
    Protesters are escorted out of UIC Pavilion before Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago, March 11, 2016.

    Some Trump supporters say the demonstrators came to the Chicago rally determined to shut it down and cause trouble. But violence aimed at Trump opponents has erupted at other campaign events. The candidate himself has been accused of creating a permissive environment for anti-protester violence by criticizing protesters when interruptions have occurred at his events. 

    Earlier Friday, protesters clashed with Trump supporters at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri. Demonstrators interrupted Trump's speech eight times while people from both sides scuffled outside the hall.

    Meanwhile, a journalist filed a police report Friday alleging battery when Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski allegedly grabbed her by the arm and forcefully threw her out of a Trump campaign event at a Trump-owned golf club in Florida.

    Trump is known for his tough talk and insults, whose targets have included Mexicans, Muslims and immigrants.

    His comments have energized his backers, while infuriating his opponents who allege racism.

    WATCH: Protesters and supporters clash at Trump event

    Trump Cancels Chicago Rally As Clashes Break Outi
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    March 12, 2016 2:56 AM
    Trump Cancels Chicago Rally As Clashes Break Out

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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    March 13, 2016 4:39 AM
    Just another prime example of just how out-of-control the leftists are in our nation! They scream about free-speech and anti-racism, just to only practice the opposite when someone doesn't fit their bill! Hypocrisy is the new religion in the world today, guess I better get used to it.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 12, 2016 8:11 AM
    America has never been so divided as it is now, except when America fought the "Lincoln War" because of perceived injustices by Obama and his justice department _ and the Chicago police should be held responsible for not providing enough police at the Trump rally, because Chicago is known for black gang violence and killings?

    by: Lou from: Atlanta
    March 12, 2016 7:45 AM
    I assume the protestors were all Democrats.
    Other news reports say there were 5 arrests and two officers injured. One was struck with a bottle in the head.

    by: PermReader
    March 12, 2016 6:57 AM
    Leftist violence on march: "Black lives matter", Boycott Israel. They try to shut down their opponents.They expels the opponents from campuses.Now they try to define American president by force.

    by: sam
    March 12, 2016 6:51 AM
    This y trump statement is true.kick out all yhose migrants
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    March 12, 2016 9:41 PM
    Illegal immigrants and Muslim refugees is what Trump referred to, get your facts straight, and activate your 'spell-check' function as well.

    by: lone eagle from: Bangkok, Thailand
    March 12, 2016 6:17 AM
    Opponents of Donald Trump with their protests are accomplishing several things, energizing his supporters, making a greater number potential Trump supporters becoming more aware of his campaign at no cost to him, and illustrating the depth of the "economic angst" among Americans that has sustained his campaign.

    Donald Trump like Bernie Sanders have demonstrated that both the GOP and the Democratic Party are political party mastodons that are recycling issues that have no relevance for the American Middle Class who are more concerned about their economic future.

    What surprised me in the above VOA clip with this article is the number of pro-Trump women, young and old who are in attendance at this Trump Chicago Rally and is Hillary aware of this?





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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    March 12, 2016 9:40 PM
    Great observation. Political parties and religious sects, have lost all touch with humanity. Leaders, real leaders, find ways to inspire care for each other, with all the hatred and suffering of our children everywhere, political parties are only interested in winning, and that's it! Politics is to leadership as religion is to faith.

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