MAGA hats burned, police use pepper spray as protests escalate after Trump rally

Things got a little more heated as thousands filed out of Target Center.
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While President Trump's Thursday rally managed to pass in mostly peaceful fashion, there were some heated moments in the streets around Target Center after it finished.

Thousands of protesters had taken to the streets to object to the president's policies, at times being confronted by Trump supporters, with the groups exchanging barbs in the streets.

But it was towards the end of the rally that things escalated, which seems to have been sparked when some anti-Trump protesters setting fire to some "Make America Great Again" hats in the street.

Tensions rose as police extinguished the fire, and used horses and bicycles to form a line between the protesters and those exiting the rally, with the horses at times being deployed to push back chanting protesters.

KARE 11 reports that there were instances where police had to use pepper spray as the crowd grew increasingly agitated, prompting some angry reactions.

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Officers were also spotted leading several people away from the area, though at this stage we don't have any official figures on arrest numbers. More information is expected to be released later Friday by Minneapolis Police Department.

As Trump supporters tried to leave the area in their vehicles, protesters blocked some of the exits from parking ramps and local streets. The Star Tribune reports that some people threw plastic bottles and traffic cones at vehicles.

One video below also shows a group of protesters accosting an apparent Trump supporter, pushing him after shouting: "There's a Nazi over there."

Here is a handful of the tweets from the scene.

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