Fierce protests erupted in Anaheim on Wednesday as Donald Trump arrived for a rally in the Californian city.

Police in riot gear swarmed the streets on Wednesday afternoon trying to curtail the crowds who were throwing objects, setting trash cans on fire, and brandishing anti-Trump signs.

The uproar was centered on the Anaheim Convention Center, which was blocked by a wall of mounted police and barricades.

At least five people were arrested for staging an unlawful protest, the LA Times reported.

It comes a day after violent protests outside Trump’s speech in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Riot police used pepper spray and smoke canisters to control the fire-starting demonstrators.

As in Albuquerque, a number of demonstrators in Anaheim were brandishing Mexican flags.

By 3pm local time most of the protesters had been rounded up, leaving around 12.

Sgt. Daron Wyatt, an Anaheim police spokesman, said the violence could have escalated but the force was on high alert after the scenes in Albuquerque.

‘I think a lot of it was the planning and preparation.

‘We had a very strong uniformed presence from the beginning, which I think set the tone.

‘It helped by keeping the protestors away from the attendees as well,’ Wyatt told the Times.

One protester was kicked out of the convention center during the event.

Trump ended his speech, as he has in other rallies, saying ‘The safest place to be in our country is a Trump rally.’

During the rally he hammered Hillary Clinton.

‘Crooked Hillary!’ he boomed. ‘She’s as crooked as they come. She had a little bad news today . . . not so good. The inspector general’s report. Not good.’

‘But I want to run against Hillary,’ he insisted, even if her legal problems make her candidacy untenable.

‘I just want to run against her. Look, I don’t know if you’re going to be able to. It could be we run against Crazy Bernie. That could be.’

‘He’s a crazy man, but that’s okay. We like crazy people,’ Trump said of Sanders.

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