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Public protests took place in a number of US cities, including New York, Washington, DC and Minneapolis, when protesters called for every vote to be counted in the presidential race. President Trump has falsely claimed that he won the election. Several clashes with police have resulted in the arrest.
Some of the protests were planned ahead of Election Day. They have clearly been bolstered by Trump’s efforts to declare themselves a winner in the ongoing presidential race.
The President has also urged officials not to count votes after November 3 – and he is now amplifying that sentiment.
“STOP!” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning.
Trump tracks Democrat Joe Biden, with several key states too close to call on. But the day after the election, the president said his campaign would “demand” electoral votes in the undecided states of Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina, and also in Michigan, where it was won. a narrow victory for Biden.
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The New York City Police Department said a massive march in Manhattan on Wednesday night resulted in 25 arrests.
“Count every vote! Every vote counts!” protesters screamed as they marched.
Clashes with police broke out later in the evening, and several protesters set fire on the sidewalk.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said weapons were found on a number of people at the march. These include knives, a Taser and an M-80 dynamite.
Brian Mann of NPR reported: “Many businesses in this part of the city are starting to anticipate more post-election uncertainty.
In Minneapolis, police issued quotes to hundreds of protesters after a march passed through the city center and into Interstate 94.
“Minneapolis soldiers and police escorted and released 646 people,” reported Minnesota Public Radio member station, quoting State Patrol.
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“We’re here for the simple fact that we want to make sure that Donald Trump and those close to him don’t steal this election,” protest organizer Rod Adams told the MPR.
Many rallies include combinations of activists with different strategies and goals.
In Denver, a march to the state’s Parliament building included Black Lives Matter activists as well as anti-police protesters, Denverite reported.
“The mood and actions of the protesters and police changed as the march moved toward the District 6 police station in downtown Denver,” according to the news site. “At least one protester threw fireworks at the station, prompting officers to respond with what appeared to be tear gas and tear gas bullets.”
In the Denver suburb of Arvada, people gathered at the city hall, urging patience as the ballot papers were completed.
“I just want every vote to count,” Pat Malone, a protest organizer, told Denverite, owned by member Colorado Public Radio.
“You know, Trump can win if every vote counts,” she said. “So I really don’t understand why people don’t accept that.”
Her goal is to support American democracy, Malone said.
“If we can’t even vote and get through an election, oh my goodness, I really feel like we’re done,” she told Denverite.
Outside the White House in Washington, DC, “hundreds of people gathered at the Black Lives Matter Plaza for the second consecutive night,” the WAMU member station reported.
The radio said there had been sporadic clashes with the police. People dance and share art and music as they wait, along with the rest of the country, for news of who will take over the Oval Office over the next four years.