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Trump scraps Chicago rally after supporters and protesters clash

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump scrapped a rally in Chicago on Friday, as protesters scuffled with his supporters in the latest show of ire against the brash billionaire.

world Updated: Mar 12, 2016 08:11 IST
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A supporter of Donald Trump tries to pump up the crowd before a rally in the University of Illinois, Chicago on Friday. The rally was cancelled after a scuffle between his supporters and protesters before the rally.(AP)

Donald Trump scrapped a rally in Chicago on Friday night as protesters scuffled with his supporters, expressing their anger against the Republican presidential frontrunner.

Thousands of people had gathered at a University of Illinois at Chicago venue when clashes broke out.

In a statement, Trump said that “for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.”

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Demonstrators hold boards ahead of the rally in Chicago, which was later cancelled. (REUTERS)

It was the second time on Friday that a Trump rally was disrupted by people opposed to the outspoken real estate mogul who seems on a relentless path to his party’s nomination for the November election.

CNN estimated there were between 8,500 to 10,000 people in the Chicago arena when tensions erupted into chaos.

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News footage showed police wearing body armour escorting groups of people out of the building, as scuffles and angry confrontations broke out throughout the building between Trump supporters and protesters.

Trash rounded up after the rally was cancelled included torn campaign signs for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (AP)

The rally was being held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in a part of the city that CNN described as ethnically diverse.

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The situation inside the arena appeared to be close to spinning out of control, before security flooded the arena and people began to disperse.

Earlier in the day Trump was interrupted by protesters several times at a rally in St Louis, Missouri.

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First Published: Mar 12, 2016 08:05 IST