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VIDEO: Trump Rally in Chicago postponed after clashes

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A Donald Trump rally in Chicago was called off Friday after protests and clashes erupted even before the controversial candidate took the stage.

Punches were seen being thrown inside the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion Friday. Demonstrators held up anti-Trump signs and tussled with supporters.

The crowd was notified that the event was postponed by an announcement over a loudspeaker.

"Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago, and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight's rally will be postponed until another date."

"Thank you very much for your attendance. And please go in peace."

Some in the crowd were heard yelling "We did it! We did it!" after the rally was called off for the evening. Groups were seen clashing outside the venue, with police appearing to try and break it up.

Trump has made controversial comments about immigration from Mexico and Muslims.

Questions have been raised in recent days after a man at a Trump rally sucker-punched a protester leaving an event in North Carolina, and after a Breitbart reporter accused Trump's campaign manager grabbing her hard enough to cause a bruise. The campaign manager has denied the claim.

Earlier Friday at a rally in St. Louis, Trump was repeatedly interrupted by protesters. A total of 32 people were arrested at the event at the Peabody Opera House, police said.

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