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US Elections 2020: Protect the Vote protests held across country

Anti-Trump protesters clash with NYPD after thousands march down Manhattan’s Fifth Ave demanding ‘count every vote’ as demonstrations break out in Philadelphia and LAPD declares ‘tactical alert’ for second night in a row

  • Protesters took to the streets of New York City demanding every vote be counted after Trump falsely claimed victory amid a cliffhanger presidential election and called for voting to stop 
  • The demonstration was one of several ‘Protect the Results’ campaign that kicked off across the country 
  • Similar scenes unfolded in Philadelphia, where crowds marched past Independence Hall as they called for a fair count

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Election protests have descended into chaos in New York City where thousands of activists took to the streets to demand every vote be counted after President Trump falsely claimed victory amid a cliffhanger presidential race.

Crowds began mobilizing in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue late Wednesday afternoon as part of several ‘Protect the Results’ demonstrations that kicked off in cities across the country. 

Protests had remained largely peaceful up until nightfall, when police officers began moving on crowds, clashing with demonstrators before carrying out multiple arrests.  

City and state officials had been bracing for potential unrest ahead of Election Day, with local businesses and boarding up their property amid fears of violence and riots spurred by a potential Trump victory. 

But those concerns did not materialize on Tuesday which only saw scattered protests after voting ended however, fears of possible unrest were heightened on Wednesday after Trump called for voting to stop. 

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NEW YORK CITY: Police officers arrest a protester as he marched through the East Village during demonstration, Wednesday,

NEW YORK CITY: Clashes broke out between protesters and cops, prompting at least four arrests on Wednesday evening

NEW YORK CITY: Clashes broke out between protesters and cops, prompting at least four arrests on Wednesday evening

NEW YORK CITY: Crowds of protesters began mobilizing in Manhattan's Fifth Avenue late Wednesday afternoon as part of several 'Protect the Results' demonstrations that kicked off in cities across the country

NEW YORK CITY: Crowds of protesters began mobilizing in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue late Wednesday afternoon as part of several ‘Protect the Results’ demonstrations that kicked off in cities across the country

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters rally and march form the New York Public Library down Fifth Avenue to protect the results of the US Presidential Election and to continue the count of ballots

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters rally and march form the New York Public Library down Fifth Avenue to protect the results of the US Presidential Election and to continue the count of ballots

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters rally and march form the New York Public Library down Fifth Avenue to protect the results of the US Presidential Election and to continue the count of ballots on November 4

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters rally and march form the New York Public Library down Fifth Avenue to protect the results of the US Presidential Election and to continue the count of ballots on November 4

In New York City, protesters gathered near the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue while other groups convened on 59th Street before marching down Manhattan’s iconic thoroughfare. 

Other demonstrations were also staged in Washington Square Park where a crowd of about 200 people got together as cops in riot gear stood by and police helicopters hovered above. 

Protesters holding placards marched down the streets with cops in tow, while chanting ‘count every vote’ and ‘every vote counts’.  

The demonstrations had remained generally peaceful up until clashes broke out between activists and officers on bicycles from the NYPD Strategic Response Group on Leroy and 7th Avenue, according to Gothamist. 

At least four people were arrested in the scuffle while others were seen being apprehended by cops in the East Village, according to scene footage. 

Similar scenes unfolded in Philadelphia, where crowds marched past Independence Hall as they called for a fair count.

Earlier, the Republican campaign had urged officials to stop the count, demanding Michigan’s Democratic secretary of state allow in more inspectors after Biden was projected to be the winner in the state.  

Trump’s remarks were the sort of call that protest organizers had planned for. The ‘Protect the Results’ coalition of over 130 groups, from Planned Parenthood to Republicans for the Rule of Law, has said it had about 500 protests organized around the country. 

 

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Demonstrators, including one carrying a Black Lives Matter flag, march past Independence Hall to urge that all votes be counted, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Demonstrators, including one carrying a Black Lives Matter flag, march past Independence Hall to urge that all votes be counted, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia

WASHINGTON: Demonstrators attend a rally to support all votes being counted one day after Election Day, Wednesday in Washington

WASHINGTON: Demonstrators attend a rally to support all votes being counted one day after Election Day, Wednesday in Washington

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the LAPD declared a tactical alert as they prepare for a wave of ‘Count Every Vote’ marches in the city. 

The prolonged task of counting this year’s deluge of mail-in votes raised fears that the lack of clarity in the presidential race could spark conflict.

Other anti-Trump demonstration were set for Wednesday evening, with protesters gathering in Houston, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon.

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