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Protesters were seen on Friday blocking a highway in South Dakota ahead of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE’s appearance at Mount Rushmore for a July 4 celebration.
Demonstrators were seen gathering about three hours before Trump’s appearance, sparking warnings from authorities for them to clear the way.
Law enforcement was later seen putting on gas masks and launching smoke bombs into the crowd to try to disperse the protesters.
The July 4 celebration at Mount Rushmore has been mired in a string of controversies, sparking concerns over its health implications as well as drawing the ire of indigenous groups.
Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSecond tribal leader calls for removal of Mount Rushmore before Trump visit South Dakota governor: Masks are optional at Mount Rushmore event Trump's attending Pentagon announces July 4th flyovers across northeast MORE (R) said social distancing measures will not be enforced at the gathering, which is expected to draw about 7,500 people, raising concerns about community spreading of the coronavirus as cases spike across the country.
smoke bombs pic.twitter.com/P3X8qX3huB— Bill Maxwell ByeDon2020 (@Bill_Maxwell_) July 3, 2020
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