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Saturday 21 April 2018

Girls attacked with pepper spray as Donald Trump supporters and protesters clash

Donald Trump supporters and protesters have clashed (AP)
Donald Trump supporters and protesters have clashed (AP)

Five people, including two young girls, have been pepper-sprayed during clashes between supporters and opponents of Donald Trump.

The clashes took place outside Anaheim City Hall, where police said about 50 people confronted each other including one man who used the spray on a crowd of Trump supporters.

Police Sergeant Daron Wyatt said five people, including an 11 and eight-year-old girl, were exposed to the eye-stinging spray. Three were treated at the scene by paramedics.

Police are searching for the man who fled the scene.

The confrontation occurred before the City Council was to discuss a proposed resolution to condemn what it calls Mr Trump's divisive rhetoric.

No serious injuries or arrests were reported following the incident.

Three people were treated at the scene by paramedics.

One woman wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat comforted the girls.

Speaking minutes after she was sprayed, one woman told TV news reporters: "I can feel it now, it's pungent."

Linda Reedy of Laguna Niguel, a member of the pro-Trump group We the People Rising, pressed an ice pack to her face after being hit by the spray.

The anti-Trump group goaded her and her friends, and one man jumped on one of her friends, she said.

Linda Reedy, a member of the pro-Trump group told the Los Angeles Times: "I just think they're so out of control. I'm so sick of the anger in this country."

The council motion said Mr Trump's remarks, which have been perceived as offensive to Mexican immigrants, Muslims and other groups, are contrary to constitutional principles and do not reflect Anaheim's "guiding principles of inclusiveness and kindness".

The clash came as Mr Trump swept to victory in five state primaries, boosting his hopes of clinching the Republican presidential nomination without a battle at the party's national convention.

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