US Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Friday postponed a rally in Chicago after widespread protests led to violent clashes between supporters and demonstrators and concerns that the environment at the event was no longer safe.
A statement from Mr Trump’s campaign said the candidate decided to cancel the event after a meeting with police. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the venue at the University of Illinois hours before Mr Trump was due.
Inside the auditorium, fighting broke out between supporters and protesters, who waved flags and chanted.
“Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined 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,” the Trump campaign said in a statement. “Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.”
Several fistfights between Trump supporters and protesters could be seen after the announcement, as a large contingent of Chicago police officers moved in to restore order.
Supporters of Trump still inside chanted “We want Trump” after the event was canceled. Protesters, meanwhile, shouted “We shut s*** down” and “We stumped Trump.” Others chanted “Bernie” as supporters whipped out Bernie Sanders campaign signs.
This is a new low in the campaign that has seen Mr Trump raise up a lot of issues that he feels are “pertinent to make America Great Again” but which others feel are irresponsible and disrespectful