Police arrested dozens of people in New York, Portland, Oregon and other cities overnight at rallies demanding all votes be counted in the White House race, while smaller groups supported President Donald Trump returns to tabulation venues in tightly contested states to weep through the election.
In Minneapolis, police cited more than 600 protesters who marched on the highway on Wednesday night to protest Trump’s threats to challenge the election results, as well as a host of social injustices. , the authorities said Thursday.
The rallies come as Trump̵7;s campaign asserts, with no evidence, that there are major problems with voting and counting votes.
In Portland, some marchers smashed windows of businesses and threw fireworks at officers due to election uncertainty combined with months of uncertainty over racial injustice and causes. other. Police have made at least 12 arrests.
As the city cleaned up on Thursday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown drew the line between a peaceful gathering of Black Lives Matter-affiliated marchers and “anarchist protesters.” Self-declared “has damaged buildings, including a church that feeds the homeless.
“Indiscriminate destruction doesn’t solve anything. These are acts of privilege, ”she said.
In New York, where hundreds of people paraded through luxury stores on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue, police arrested 25 people and ordered 32 others to be summoned.
Demonstrators in Chicago marched through the city center and along the road across the river from Trump Tower. Protesters also gathered in cities including Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh and San Diego.
The rallies come as smaller groups of Trump supporters gather at voting panel locations in Phoenix, Detroit and Philadelphia, criticizing figures that show Democrat Joe Biden is leading or winning. be positioned.
In Phoenix, at least two dozen Trump supporters gathered outside City Hall on Thursday morning, shouting “Protect our ballot!” The group said it plans to return to the table-making center, where Wednesday night protesters lashed out at Fox News for claiming Biden as the winner in Arizona.
Observers from both major political parties are present inside the election center as the ballots are processed and tally, and the process is broadcast live online at all times.
In Detroit, a few dozen Trump supporters gathered outside the city’s convention center on Thursday morning as election officials counted absent votes inside. Protesters held signs that read “Stop theft” and “Prevent fraud”.
A small group of protesters gathered on the other side of the street, and the two sides shouted at each other. Trump supporters sometimes mock those on the other side over the speaker.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, on Wednesday stressed that both parties and the public have been allowed to tally, “using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that All ballots are counted fairly and accurately. “
AP reporters, Gillian Flaccus in Portland, Terry Tang in Phoenix, Claire Galofaro in Detroit and Amy Forliti in Minneapolis contributed to this report.