COLORADO SPRINGS — A crowd of about 200 protesters gathered outside of the Broadmoor World Arena on Thursday afternoon, ahead of a campaign rally for President Donald Trump.
“It’s really upsetting to see that there’s such a turnout for someone that inspired hatred,” Jessiqua Valentine said.
Anti-Trump protesters arrived in Colorado Springs from areas all across the state including David Kozak who drove out from Durango.
“It’s worth it to be with people who are concerned as I am with the direction of politics,” Kozak said.
As soon as the President took the podium, the dynamic outside changed.
A small group of protestors blocked the intersection at Venetucci Boulevard and Cheyenne Meadows Road.
FOX21 News Reporter Daniela Leon says Colorado Springs Police Officers came out to address protestors, who were obstructing traffic, and issued several warnings.
Eight people were arrested and charged with failure to desist or disperse.
“They went after people on the sidewalk and what I saw arrested four,” Daniel Chapparro said.
FOX21 crews inside the World Arena noted seeing at least one person removed several hours before the rally began.
As the President spoke, a handful of protesters were removed from the rally, after they began chanting, “lock him up!”