Two arrested as Trump supporters, opponents face off at competing rallies in Hollywood ...
This was the second time that Trump supporters and detractors have faced off along Hollywood Boulevard. In March, dozens of activists on both sides rallied. Tensions were high, but the demonstrations were relatively peaceful, ending with at least two arrests.
On Saturday, Trump supporters began gathering about 1 p.m. near Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star in front of the shopping center. Nearly two hours later, an anti-Trump rally and march started at the same location. Police officers on bicycles and horses were forced to shut down a portion of Hollywood Boulevard.
The groups were separated after the skirmish, with the officers standing between the two sides. Tourists watched as Trump supporters waved American flags and chanted “America first!” while counter demonstrators carried signs that said “No! The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!”
Los Angeles police Sgt. Neil Wank said that one man was arrested on suspicion of battery. The victim, who identified himself only as Graywolf, 72, said he was punched in the face by “a disgruntled Trump supporter.”
“He shoved a bullhorn in my face,” he said. “I pushed him back and he decided that was enough provocation to hit me in the face. He was promptly arrested, and I will be filing charges on this guy.”
At one point, about 100 anti-Trump protesters marched down Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street, then onto Sunset Boulevard, up Cahuenga Boulevard and finally back onto Hollywood Boulevard. They were trailed by about two dozen Trump supporters.
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