Americans on both sides of the political divide have expressed anger and frustration at the indecisive presidential competition in scattered protests across the United States.
- Supporters of Mr. Trump gathered outside a polling station in Detroit demanding that the counting be stopped
- Protesters in cities like Oakland, Chicago and Boston have called for every vote to be counted
- The National Guard was activated in Portland after a demonstration turned violent
Dozens of supporters of US President Donald Trump are singing “Stop the count!” On Wednesday local time he was at a polling station in Detroit.
Another vocal pro-Trump group came to Phoenix, with Joe Biden having a narrow head start in the crucial state of Arizona.
The Detroit protests began just before AP announced that Mr Biden had won the state of Michigan.
Videos recorded by local media showed angry people gathering outside the TCF center and in the lobby. Police officers lined up to prevent them from entering the counting area.
They sang “Stop the count!” And “Stop the voting!”
Previously, the Republican campaign had filed a lawsuit to stop the count, demanding that Michigan’s Democratic foreign secretary allow more inspectors in.
Mr Trump has repeatedly insisted, with no evidence, that there are major problems with the voting and counting.
Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel, a Democrat, insisted that both parties and the public had access to the censuses “using a robust system of scrutiny to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately” .
The National Guard called Portland
In Portland, Oregon, Governor Kate Brown activated the National Guard after protesters allegedly engaged in widespread violence, including breaking windows, in downtown Portland, Oregon.
The city has been the scene of regular protests for months.
The protesters demonstrated on a range of topics including police brutality and the vote count.
Hundreds in California are calling on state officials to “count every vote”.
Two hundred people gathered at Oakland City Hall on Wednesday to urge state officials to “count every vote” after Mr. Trump called for ballots to be dropped, the outcome of which was pending.
32-year-old Jose Bernal, organizer of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, said he was afraid of what could happen after Tuesday’s election, in which Trump faced Democratic rival Joe Biden.
“We are a community, we will stay strong and defend every piece of democracy we have left. We want to do that here. That is the goal for us, ”he said.
“Our interest today is to count every vote. Support democracy. Counting every vote, ”said Mary Foran, who voted for Mr. Biden.
In Poway, northeast of San Diego, a small group gathered on the side of the road and waved posters that read “Every Vote Counts” and “Every Vote Counts”.
Ballot counting continues in several key states.
Chicago protesters urge Trump to leave
A group of protesters marched through downtown Chicago Wednesday night calling on Mr Trump to allow the presidential election.
At least 100 people marched north on Michigan Avenue wearing signs and large banners that read “Every Vote Count” and “Get Out Now!”
The demonstration came a day after Mr Trump mistakenly and prematurely declared victory in the race and later filed a series of lawsuits to stop ballot counting in some key states.
Protesters in Boston are demanding that all votes be counted
The Boston Globe reported that hundreds of protesters gathered across the city on Wednesday to demand that every vote be counted.
Organizers reportedly said the rallies were not in response to either candidate.
But many demonstrators in downtown Boston turned their anger on Mr. Trump, carrying posters and chanting slogans like “No Justice, No Peace”.
Protesters gathered for a rally in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, where speakers criticized the US electoral system and political power structures.
“No matter how many times I pressed that update button last night, I didn’t feel refreshed, I didn’t feel relieved,” Blaze Travis, a 27-year-old Roxbury resident, told the Boston Globe.
While many companies near Copley Square reportedly had windows boarded up, rally organizers told local TV station 7 News that they wanted the protest to be peaceful and “not to contact the police.”
Scattered protests from Washington DC to Seattle
On Tuesday evening, after the end of the vote, isolated protests broke out from Washington DC to Seattle, but there was no widespread unrest or significant violence.
In Portland, Oregon, Richard March came to an anti-Trump protest despite a heart condition that makes him susceptible to COVID-19.
“I think we’re a very polarized society now – and I’m worried about what’s to come in the next few days, weeks and months.”
The tedious task of counting this year’s flood of mail-in votes raised concerns that the lack of clarity in the president’s race could lead to conflict.
At other anti-Trump demonstrations, protesters gathered in New York City, Houston, Minneapolis and other cities.
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