In footage: Protesters rally throughout US as votes are counted

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Activists demanding vote counts proceed unimpeded rallied in a number of cities, together with Oakland, California, Atlanta, Detroit and New York Metropolis whereas dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump converged on vote-counting centres in Michigan and Arizona.

A whole bunch of protesters waving American flags and indicators that learn, “Depend each vote, each vote counts,” demonstrated peacefully at Washington Sq. Park after marching via midtown Manhattan in New York.

“It’s essential that we be sure that our democracy is maintained,” stated Meira Harris, 26, a social work scholar. “This election has provoked a lot nervousness.”

Metropolis police posted footage on social media of particles fires in decrease Manhattan they stated had been set by protesters. They stated no less than 20 folks had been arrested, accused of blocking visitors, disorderly conduct and comparable offences.

The Defend the Outcomes coalition, encompassing dozens of teams from Deliberate Parenthood to Republicans for the Rule of Regulation, stated it was organising a day of mass protests in 500 cities. However these plans had been placed on maintain late within the day.

US officers stated they’ve saved a cautious eye on right-wing militias, anxious that Trump’s allegations of poll fraud might convey closely armed teams out onto the streets. Up to now, they gave the impression to be preserving a low profile.

Trump’s supporters converged on vote-counting centres in Detroit chanting: “Cease the depend!” One other group converged in Phoenix, Arizona shouting: “Cease the steal!”

Enrique Tarrio, chief of the far-right males’s group Proud Boys, stated he and three others had been stabbed early on Wednesday blocks away from the White Home. Certainly one of his alleged assailants wore a “Black Lives Matter” masks, he advised the Reuters information company.

Native police stated they might not verify that account and no arrests had been instantly made. The Washington chapter of the anti-racism motion stated on Twitter it had nothing to do with the alleged assault.