There were reports of gunshots, bottles and rocks thrown, and fires set outside a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 24 (videos below).
At the beginning of the protest, anti-Trump demonstrators broke through a police barrier and tried to enter the city's convention center where the GOP front-runner was speaking, but they did not get in.
CNN notes that some protesters broke a glass door to the convention center, taunted cops and got on top of police cars.
Protesters were filmed burning Trump T-shirts and other gear outside the convention center (pictured).
According to Mediaite, the Albuquerque Police Department tweeted:
Officers will be forcing protestors off sidewalk. Protestors can remain on Tijeras. Please back off the sidewalk at the officers direction.
Protestors are now throwing bottles and rocks at our Police Horses.
There is no confirmation that any gunshots were fired, contrary to reports. Possible damage to Convention Center Windows by pellet gun.
The smoke that has been seen is not tear gas, it's just smoke. We have not deployed tear gas at this time.
Only arrests at this point have been from inside the rally.
CNN reports that at least three protesters inside the rally were escorted out by the cops, but other demonstrators held up banners that read: "Undocumented Unafraid" and "We've heard enough."
The New York Times notes that Trump bashed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico by citing a rise in the number of residents using food stamps.
"We have to get your governor to get going," Trump stated. "She's got to do a better job, OK? Hey, maybe I'll run for governor of New Mexico. I'll get this place going."
Martinez's spokesman Michael Lonergan said in response: "The potshots weren't about policy, they were about politics. And the Governor will not be bullied into supporting a candidate until she is convinced that candidate will fight for New Mexicans, and she did not hear that today."
According to CNN, the Albuquerque Police Department later tweeted: "Appears that most of the @realDonaldTrump protestors have left & remaining contingent is only looking to cause trouble & be destructive."