Violent protests erupt in US cities over unknown election results
Thousands of protesters who oppose or support U.S. President Donald Trump took to the streets in cities across America demanding a complete tally of the ballots the still-undecided election.
More than 1,000 people protesting Trump converged on Black Lives Matter Plaza on Tuesday night, just a block from the White House, while hundreds more marched through parts of downtown Washington, sometimes blocking traffic and setting off fireworks.
Dozens of angry supporters of Trump converged on vote-counting centers in Detroit and Phoenix as the returns went against him in the two key states.
“Stop the count!” the Trump supporters chanted in Detroit. “Stop the steal!” they said in Phoenix.
However, observers from both major political parties were inside the election center as ballots were processed and counted, and the procedure was live-streamed online at all times.
The protests came as the Republican president insisted without evidence that there were major problems with the voting and the ballot counting, especially with mail-in votes, and as Republicans filed suit in various states over the election.
Democrat candidate Joe Biden edged closer to victory in the U.S. presidential race on Thursday as election officials tallied votes in the handful of states that will determine the outcome and protesters took to the streets.
Biden has said he believes he is on course to win once the votes are counted.
Meanwhile, from New York City to Seattle, thousands of demonstrators turned out to demand that every vote be tallied.
Hundreds of people marched in anti-Trump demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, with several arrested.
Similar protests — sometimes about the election, sometimes about racial inequality — took place in at least a half-dozen cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and San Diego.
Hundreds of businesses in cities across the U.S. boarded up their doors and windows ahead of the election, fearing the vote could lead to the sort of violence that broke out after the death of George Floyd by white police.