Pro- And Anti-Trump Rallies Face Off In Hollywood
Hundreds of protestors clashed in Hollywood Saturday afternoon during an anti-trump rally organized by the group Refuse Fascism L.A. Dozens of pro-Trump supporters came out to counter-protest the event. A scuffle erupted between protestors from opposing sides, leading to the arrest of one man from the pro-Trump rally, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was arrested on suspicion of battery, according to the L.A. Times. An anti-Trump protester named Graywolf said the man punched him in the face with a bullhorn. The rally happened outside the Hollywood and Highland shopping center. Pro-Trump supporters started at around 1 p.m. and anti-Trump protesters arrived a couple hours later, leading the LAPD to shut down a section of Hollywood Boulevard.
The opposing groups had signs and wore t-shirts to indicate their political associations, according to KPCC. Besides the two arrests, the rallies remained largely peaceful. Around 350 people attended in total, according to ABC.
The anti-Trump rally was the local iteration of Refuse Fascism rallies around the country. The pro-Trump response originated in a Facebook event titled "Arrest More Liberals at Their Anti-Trump March.”