The Latest: Skirmishes break out outside Trump event

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Posted: Apr 29, 2016 4:30 PM
The Latest: Skirmishes break out outside Trump event

BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on protests against Donald Trump during the GOP candidate's California events (all times local):

1 p.m.

Skirmishes are breaking out between protesters turning out at the Burlingame, California, hotel where Donald Trump is speaking at the California GOP convention and Trump supporters.

Adam Harry, a retired aerospace engineer, says he went to the venue to take a look Friday and was confronted by anti-Trump demonstrators who punched him, spit on him and threw his phone to the ground.

The scene appeared to calm somewhat after Trump entered the hotel from a back entrance — avoiding protesters — and took the podium.

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12:30 p.m.

Dozens of protesters have broken through steel barricades surrounding the California hotel where Donald Trump will address the state GOP convention.

The protesters are also throwing eggs at police and chanting anti-Trump slogans Friday.

Many other protesters remain on the sidewalk.

Dozens of officers have formed a human chain around the hotel entrance and driveway and are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in riot gear in an attempt to keep demonstrators out of the venue.

Trump entered the convention from an access point behind the hotel, avoiding protesters.

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11 a.m.

Several hundred protesters have gathered near a Burlingame, California, hotel where Donald Trump will address the state GOP convention.

A dozen protesters linked arms Friday to block the road in front of the hotel but no one is using the street because police had already closed it to traffic.

The diverse crowd is otherwise carrying signs and banners at the event near San Francisco International Airport.

On Thursday night, Trump supporters and opponents got into confrontations outside a Trump rally in Southern California and raucous protesters damaged police cars.

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5:45 a.m.

Raucous protesters and supporters of Donald Trump violently confronted each other in California leading to some 20 arrests as the Republican presidential contender brought his campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries.

Dozens of protesters were mostly peaceful Thursday as Trump gave his speech inside the Pacific Amphitheatre. After the event, however, the demonstration grew rowdy late in the evening and spilled into the streets.

Approximately 20 people were arrested by Costa Mesa police, according to a tweet from the Orange County Sheriff's Department. One Trump supporter had his face bloodied in a scuffle as he tried to drive out of the arena. One man jumped on a police car, leaving its front and rear windows smashed and the top dented in and other protests sprayed graffiti on a police car and the venue's marquee.