Trump supporters attacked, bloodied, and pelted with eggs as scene outside rally turns violent

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Police officers moved in on a group of protesters after a campaign rally for Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump in San Jose, California, on Thursday.
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REUTERS/Stephen Lam

The scene outside a Donald Trump campaign rally in the San Francisco Bay Area apparently got out of hand on Thursday night.

Some anti-Trump protesters appeared to taunt people who attended the event at the San Jose Convention Center – at times shouting down attendees who were passing by. Reporters on the ground indicated that many of those attacked were Trump supporters.

A woman was hit with an egg:

Protestors are getting out ofhand #DonaldTrumppic.twitter.com/Rxica3eMuB

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One man was apparently bloodied. That exchange was caught on video:

NOW: #Trump supporterattacked and left bleeding in San Jose pic.twitter.com/kC2GVz9JcZ

#Trumppic.twitter.com/kC2GVz9JcZJune 3,2016

Others appeared to be followed by the crowd and then ambushed:

I called 911 but no oneanswered. Donald trump protest in San Jose, CA pic.twitter.com/LwaWyeYZfq

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Some of the anti-Trump protesters declared “no room for hate in the 408,” referring to a San Jose area code:

“In the 408 nohate:” Trump protesters stage mini protest at #SanJose rally.pic.twitter.com/PxgZhbBuT3

#SanJosepic.twitter.com/PxgZhbBuT3June 3,2016

Others chanted “no hate in our state:”

“No hate in ourstate” being chanted at #Trump #protest in#SanJosepic.twitter.com/goGX6cUcg1

#Trump#protest#SanJosepic.twitter.com/goGX6cUcg1June 3,2016

San Jose Police chief Eddie Garcia told reporters at a press conference Friday afternoon that at least four people were arrested. “What happened last night was disgraceful,” Garcia said, adding that the violence “will not go unchecked,” and saying that video evidence from the incident was being reviewed.

The police chief said that roughly 250 police officers were on scene during Thursday night’s unrest, but acknowledged that more help was needed.

California rallies for Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, have largely been upended by groups of protesters opposing his candidacy.

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Victor Cristobal (C), of San Jose, chants during a demonstration outside a campaign rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in San Jose, California, U.S. June 2, 2016.
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The state boasts one of the largest Latino populations in the US, and it is the first large state without a white plurality, according to state officials cited by the Los Angeles Times. Among other things, that has made Trump’s controversial immigration platforms deeply unpopular in the state.

“At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo told The Associated Press.

John Podesta, the Hillary Clinton campaign chair, tweeted: “Violence against supporters of any candidate has no place in this election.”