Trump supporters, opponents clash during competing rallies in Providence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Several rallies, both in support of and in opposition to President Trump, are taking place Saturday afternoon in Providence.

A pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” rally got organized at Providence City Hall at 11 a.m. and participants made their way to the State House. Several speakers including Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon Bell and radio host John DePetro addressed the crowd.

They had competition right from the start: “Disrupt the Trump Rally” event drew a small group of protesters to the steps of City Hall. The protesters followed the main group as they marched up to the State House, and members of the State Police and Providence Police Department formed a physical barrier between the two groups.

Police dispersed the crowds shortly before 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, another rally, “Rise Up Rhode Island,” took place around noon at the Roger Williams National Memorial on North Main Street. The organizers said that the rally would honor women’s rights and local human rights organizations.

The Providence Police Department planned to have an increased police presence at the rallies and protests, according to a spokesperson.

The State Police reported that there were no incidents at the State House event:

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