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Pics/Videos: Post-election unrest, violence erupts in DC, Denver, Portland, Seattle and more

Thousands of people gathered peacefully in Southeast Portland's Laurelhurst Park Sunday, May 31, 2020, in the fourth day of protests over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian/TNS)
November 05, 2020

Election Day confusion sparked civil unrest in cities across the nation Tuesday and Wednesday nights as demonstrators turned violent in anticipation of election results. Voters also crowded around voting centers amid scrutiny over ballot counting. 

Hundreds of protesters gathered in major cities throughout the country as tensions remained high in the wake of the election. In Colorado, a group of demonstrators marched through downtown Denver Wednesday night, chanting, “No borders, no walls, no USA at all.”

In Washington, DC, hundreds of people in black clothing marched to Black Lives Matter Plaza just a block from the White House. Many were carrying black umbrellas despite dry weather.

The capital city marchers carried a sign that read, “Burn down the American plantation,” while shouting, “If we don’t get it, burn it down!” While some demonstrators lit fireworks in the street, others set a trash can ablaze and burned an American flag.

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested dozens Wednesday night after protesters failed to disperse following an unlawful assembly declaration. That night, the LAPD tweeted the declaration, saying, “At this time, anyone in the area is to leave immediately and follow all orders from any police officer. This area is now closed.”

Eight people from a group of roughly 100 who assembled in the middle of a downtown street were arrested in Seattle Tuesday night. Pedestrian interference, obstruction, assault of an officer, reckless driving, and criminal mischief are among the charges those arrested are expected to face, the Washington Examiner reported.

In Portland, a woman with a bullhorn approached people at a restaurant, harassing them to come outside and bullying them if they didn’t. Meanwhile, a group of people in black clothing chanted, “Back up. Back up. We want freedom, freedom. All these racist [indistinguishable]. We don’t need ’em, need ’em.”