St. Paul rally in support of Trump draws counterprotesters

Trump supports took part in the 'Mach 4 Trump' at the Minnesota State Capitol Building.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Six counterprotesters were arrested in St. Paul during a rally in support of President Donald Trump.

St. Paul police say five of the arrested face felony riot charges after they allegedly lit fireworks inside the Minnesota State Capitol then ran away. The Minnesota State Patrol arrested a sixth counterprotester for disorderly conduct.

The rally was one of many "March 4 Trump" events held nationwide Saturday. About 400 people attended the St. Paul event, and about 50 people showed up to protest against it.

The Star Tribune reports there were minor scuffles during the rally, which were quickly diffused by other protesters and police.

A KARE 11 photojournalist witnessed a chemical irritant spray being used by people inside the rotunda. He also saw what appeared to be a stun gun.

The rally and counterprotest led to dueling chants inside the Capitol rotunda.

Another rally in Rochester drew about 10 people, and no counterprotesters, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reported.

© 2017 Associated Press


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