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Protesters gather in cities and outside the election office amid electoral tensions



The sporadic rallies show the tension and the high stakes of this presidential election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, still too early to call on Thursday.

The various messages of the protests produced a rapid flow of opinion, especially outside of the counting centers.

In Michigan, where Trump once led the tally, a small group of his supporters shouted “stop counting” outside a Detroit convention center where votes were being counted on Wednesday. CNN predicts that Biden has won over Michigan, an important battlefield state.

However, in Phoenix, Arizona, where Trump was behind in the early tally, a group of his supporters gathered outside the counting center on Wednesday night and chanted “tallying.”

; Arizona, another key state in the election, was still not surprising.

“I don’t understand the targets of these protesters,” Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said Thursday about the protesters gathered at a Maricopa County vote-counting center – a of them are armed with weapons. “Of course, we will count all votes. We have a legal obligation to do that.”

A President Donald Trump supporter holds one

In Philadelphia, part of Pennsylvania, mail ballots are still being counted and election results are not final. Demonstrators gathered near the convention center on Wednesday night, where votes were being tally to chant, “Count every vote.”

“This is what you see when people fear that their rights are being taken away from them,” Protect Our Vote Philly’s Rich Garella told CNN’s WPVI affiliate.

Others have gathered in free lands like New York, Seattle and Los Angeles to call for the vote count.

In New York, at least 30 people were arrested because the NYPD said people “tried to launch a peaceful protest by setting fires, throwing trash and eggs in Manhattan.”

Protesters took to the streets on Wednesday as presidential election results remain uncertain in New York City.

NYPD Lt. John Grimpel told CNN that a protester was arrested after spitting on a police officer. He cannot say what charges that individual has been accused of.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said there were “relatively few” people joining the rallies, especially compared to what was expected.

“The vast majority of people simply want to see the election results be fair,” he said.

The protests are not only related to the presidential election. In Seattle, a group calling for defending every vote and another supporting Black Lives Matter teamed up to form a protest.

Demonstrators representing the Black Lives Matter and Protect the Results march Wednesday night in Seattle.
And in Minneapolis, a group of activists marched up Interstate 94 in an effort to block traffic. Key organizers include members of the Twin Cities for Justice Coalition for Jamar Clark, as well as other groups. Clark, a 24-year-old black man, was shot dead in a police clash in 2015.

The objective of the protest, by the group, was to raise awareness about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the use of police force and the impact of the economic downturn on low-income Minnesots and people of color.

According to a press release, the Minnesota State Patrol and Minneapolis Police cited and released 646 people for being pedestrians on the highway and causing nuisance to the public. Law enforcement said the gatherings endanger pedestrians and motorists on the highway.

“We respect everyone’s right to express themselves under the First Amendment, but the highway is not the place to do it,” the state’s patrol team said in a tweet.

CNN’s Andy Rose, Austen Bundy, Kristina Sgueglia and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.


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