SAN DIEGO -- Confrontations between protesters and police erupted in San Diego Friday after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised thousands of supporters that he would offer a strong challenge for heavily Democratic California's electoral votes in the general election.
As Trump delivered an energetic, 58-minute speech inside the San Diego Convention Center, more than 1,000 protesters representing various opposition groups demonstrated outside.
The protests were mostly peaceful before the speech, but some who later tried to scale a barricade were turned back by police.
After the speech, several confrontations disrupted what had been an orderly dispersal outside the convention center.
Some people in the crowd eventually started throwing things, prompting police to declare an unlawful assembly and begin moving people out of the area. Police in riot gear maintained a huge presence as the crowd moved into the Gaslamp Quarter.
Thirty-five people were arrested during the protests, according to police. No property damage and no injuries were reported.
Immigration activists joined organized labor and other groups to march to the convention center and demonstrate outside. Some carried Mexican flags and chanted profanities.
Protests turned violent Tuesday in Albuquerque following a Trump appearance, leading to concerns about security in San Diego and prompting police Chief Shelley Zimmerman to vow that law enforcement will tolerate no violence, disruptive behavior or unlawful acts at the Trump event in her city.
“The safety of our public is paramount,'' Zimmerman said. “The whole goal is to provide a safe environment for everyone.''
The department had a “significant presence'' of uniformed and plainclothes officers at the bayside gathering and coordinated with state, local and federal agencies in hopes of promptly putting a stop to any combative or destructive protesters or counter-protesters, the chief said.
The city designated demonstration zones -- one for Trump supporters and another for those who oppose the 69-year-old billionaire's presidential bid -- on the northwest and southeast sides of the Harbor Drive center and monitored attendees' behavior while ensuring their constitutional free-speech rights, Zimmerman said.
Many of the people who had protested before the rally were gone by the time the post-speech crowd became unruly.
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