The Latest: Shouting matches intensify outside Trump rally in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on protests at Donald Trump campaign events in California (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Police have issued dispersal orders as shouting matches between protesters and Donald Trump supporters outside the candidate’s rally in San Diego intensified.

Officers in riot gear declared the gathering outside the downtown convention center unlawful Friday afternoon, ordered people to leave the area and warned they would use tear gas.

At least three people were arrested.

Police pushed the crowd back after the two sides surrounded a patrol car, screaming and hurling empty water bottles at each other. The sides faced off after Trump supporters left the rally around 4 p.m.

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4:15 p.m.

Police have arrested a man who was among several protesters who climbed a railing outside a Donald Trump rally at San Diego’s convention center.

Police said the man tried to breach a secured area. The railing was separating about 1,000 protesters from officers there to monitor Friday’s event. His arrest led protesters to spray water and throw empty plastic bottles at police.

In another tense exchange, demonstrators lurched toward Trump supporters when they left the center after the rally, prompting police to shove back the crowd.

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2:15 p.m.

A protest outside a Donald Trump rally at San Diego’s convention center has grown to several hundred people.

Demonstrators have engaged in shouting matches with Trump supporters but there’s a heavy police presence and there has been no violence.

Most of the protest signs are about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s plan to wall off the U.S. border with Mexico.

Earlier Friday, Trump spoke to Central Valley supporters at a downtown Fresno arena.

Protesters marched around that venue but there was none of the violence that has marked some anti-Trump protests around the country.

After that demonstration had largely dispersed, Fresno police arrested a woman who refused to move as a line of officers advanced. A second woman was later similarly arrested, also for unlawful assembly.

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12:55 p.m.

Protesters are gathering in San Diego, where Donald Trump will speak to supporters of his Republican presidential campaign Friday afternoon.

Police helicopters are circling overhead and officers on the ground are keeping watch on a “free speech” zone.

Trump spoke earlier in Fresno, where vocal demonstrators marched outside a downtown arena but there wasn’t a repeat of the violence that has marked some of Trump’s previous events elsewhere.

In San Diego, several dozen demonstrators are holding signs protesting Trump’s proposal to build more walls on border.

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11:30 a.m.

Several hundred protesters are marching around a Fresno arena where Donald Trump is addressing supporters.

The demonstrators became more active late Friday morning after initially protesting in place outside the arena.

Police are keeping the protesters in the street and there have been no physical confrontations.

Trump is also scheduled to appear later in the day at a rally in San Diego, where police are also taking precautions to prevent the kind of violence that has occurred at previous protests against the Republican presidential candidate.

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9:15 a.m.

About 200 protesters have gathered outside Fresno’s Selland Arena, where Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at midmorning Friday.

The demonstrators have been chanting slogans such as “keep hate out of our state” but there has been none of the violence that has marked other appearances of the Republican presidential candidate.

A fence is separating the protesters from the arena entrance and there’s very visible police presence.

A steady stream of people with tickets has been entering the arena, and fellow Trump supporters have been urging them to not respond to the protesters.

Trump is also scheduled to appear later in the day in San Diego, where police also plan a significant presence of officers.

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Two California cities are gearing up for visits by Donald Trump and the possibility of protests, following similar events around the country that led to violence and several arrests.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is speaking Friday in Fresno and San Diego ahead of California’s June 7 primary election.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman says in preparation, her department has spoken with police departments in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Anaheim.

Zimmerman says she’ll have a significant presence of officers in uniforms and plainclothes around the San Diego event.

Fresno resident Eddie Mejia says he’s leading a group of more than 300 people to protest Trump’s visit to the heavily Latino region.

Mejia says he opposes Trump but urges his group to get their message across peacefully.
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