Pro-Trump rally and march held in Huntington Beach

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– A crowd gathered in Huntington Beach Saturday for a “Make America Great Again” march and rally,
supporting not only President Donald Trump, but veterans, law enforcement and first responders.

The march is one of dozens planned across the country. A smaller event is scheduled in Hollywood, with participants expected to march to Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But the Orange County event is likely to draw the most attention, with organizers predicting about 3,000 participants taking part in a march along Pacific Coast Highway at Bolsa Chica State Beach. The event was originally planned at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, but officials there decided to close down for the weekend, fearing a potential clash between participants and anti-Trump protesters.

Such clashes have marred past Trump rallies, including one last year at the Pacific Amphitheatre that resulted in more than a dozen arrests.

Police are out in force for the Saturday rally, with anti-Trump activists holding a counter-protest and several fights breaking out.

According to organizers of the Make America Great Again march, the event is designed to show “we love our country and we want to show gratitude to the men and women who put their own lives on the live every day.”

Organizers will be collecting donations during the event to benefit homeless veterans.

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