Via San Jose Mercury News:

Dozens of fights broke out on the streets of downtown San Jose on Thursday night as police in riot gear struggled to keep the peace between hundreds of protesters and streams of Donald Trump fans leaving his rally at the city’s convention center.

Protesters jumped on cars, while others burned red “Make America Great” hats and took selfies with the charred remains. Demonstrators waved Mexican flags as Trump supporters shouted at them to “go back to Mexico.”

At the height of the biggest and most violent political protest San Jose has seen in decades, hundreds of people clashed with police and Trump supporters. One young woman was struck in the forehead by a flying metal parking barricade, and police were pelted with traffic cones and water bottles.

Police helicopters circled overhead for more than two hours, commanding the crowds to disperse, while police from numerous Bay Area agencies marched through the heart of downtown San Jose, containing protesters along Park Avenue, Almaden Boulevard and San Carlos Street.

Earlier, inside the convention hall, Trump supporters chanted “Build that wall, build that wall,” as the candidate repeated his call to erect a concrete wall on the border with Mexico.

During the rally, Trump was uncharacteristically tempered with two protesters who made it inside the hall, including one who stood near the front of the crowd holding a Bernie Sanders sign.

“Darling,” Trump said, “there’s no way he can win, but keep your sign high.”

To another, he told security to “leave him alone. Don’t hurt him. See the way I said that? I’ve learned.”

Exactly who was involved in the violence outside and where they were from remains unclear, but numerous members of the crowd were Latinos from East San Jose who said they opposed the violence and condemned Trump for touting racism.

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