ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Ahead of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Rio Rancho, people in Albuquerque, are making sure their voices are heard. More than a hundred people rallied in Downtown Albuquerque this afternoon.
From chanting their American pride to expressing their beliefs about love, people rallying at 1st and Central today say they wanted to share their opinions as they prepare for the president’s arrival on Monday.
“A lot of us were unemployed 5-6 years ago, and now a lot of us are gainfully employed. It’s been really good. We’re proud of our president,” says Bradley Burris.
No one at the rally confirmed it was Trump’s upcoming visit spurring on these big crowds and political messages, but many people were outspoken about not supporting President Trump.
“We absolutely disagree with President Trump. Children should not be in cages. Legally arriving immigrants should be welcomed and not detained, and families should not be separated,” says Karen Dewald.
There were, at times, heated exchanges. Someone shattered a windshield, and police detained a man for his involvement in a fight.
Aside from the differences, both parties did manage to agree on a common theme, making sure it was a peaceful rally.
“I’m trying to conduct myself in the best manner possible. I’m not trying to do anything crazy of offensive, or off the cuff,” says Burris.
“We’re peacefully demonstrating that New Mexico and all of its multi-culturalism and diversity, we want to be this way,” says Dewald.
Even though police did detain a man, officers say he was not arrested or charged with a crime.
APD says they will have officers at Trump’s rally on Monday. It was during his campaign rally in Downtown Albuquerque in 2016, where they responded to violent protests at the convention center. At that gathering, people threw rocks and other objects at officers and lit t-shirts on fire.