San Diego police broke up a rowdy demonstration Friday afternoon after protesters refused to disperse at the end of a Donald Trump rally.
“Due to violence and physical confrontation in the crowd, officers are now moving into the area. Dispersal orders have been given,” the Police Department said on Twitter.
At least 18 people received medical attention, and San Diego police declared an unlawful assembly in the Gaslamp district because of violence about 4:40 p.m., announcing in Spanish and English that people needed to disperse. Officers with riot gear were moving among the crowd.
By 6 p.m. police appeared to have restored order.
Several people were throwing plastic bottles, some of which hit police officers, near Petco Park on L Street between 5th and 6th avenues. Also nearby, a man with a “Make America Great Again” hat took it off and burned it among a crowd.
Several small street fights broke out in the same area as the environment became tense when anti-Trump crowds started to mix with his supporters.