Chicagio police block streets outside a Trump rally at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on March 11, 2016. / AFP / Tasos KATOPODIS
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Donald Trump cancelled a rally in Chicago Friday in the face of huge protests, which triggered scenes of chaos and prompted his presidential rivals to blame the violent outbreak on his incendiary rhetoric.Throngs of protesters, many of them blacks and Latinos angered by Trump's incendiary anti-immigrant rhetoric, had massed outside and inside the venue itself, mingling with the candidate's supporters.In addition to Black Lives Matter supporters, some protesters carried Bernie Sanders campaign signs and chanted the Democratic presidential candidate's name.Critics have accused Trump of fueling the toxic atmosphere.Trump dismissed the notion that he was responsible for whipping up tensions.Trump's rallies are known for being rambunctious affairs, and that seeped over into violence Wednesday night in North Carolina when a 78-year-old white man in a cowboy hat punched a black protester in the face.Asked on CNN, after calm was restored in Chicago, whether he regretted his comments about protesters, or bore some responsibility for whipping up tensions, Trump refuted the notion.
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