Trump Rally in Chicago Canceled After Protesters Clash

March 12, 2016, 1:19 AM UTC
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Holds Chicago Campaign Rally
Demonstrators hold signs outside a campaign event for Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, not pictured, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, March 11, 2016. Trump's raucous campaign tour makes its first stops today in U.S. cities still wrestling with racial tension spawned by police shootings, just as his rallies have turned increasingly violent. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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A campaign rally of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump scheduled for Friday night in Chicago was called off as the crowd of thousands who gathered, including both supporters of the Republican front-runner and those who came to protest his candidacy, grew rowdy.

A Trump staffer took the stage nearly a half hour after the rally was slated to begin and told the crowd that the event would be postponed for safety reasons. He did not say when or if it would be rescheduled.

After the announcement was made, the crowd began to chant and cheer. Scuffles broke out as signs were ripped from hands and police moved in to break up areas with the most serious conflicts.

“We dumped Trump! We dumped Trump!” could be heard inside the University of Chicago pavilion where the event was held.

“We want Trump! We want Trump!” was yelled by an opposing group.

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