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.”
“No borders, no walls, no USA at all,” chants a crowd in Denver, CO
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 5, 2020
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.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) November 4, 2020
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.”
Due to a large and unruly crowd, the LAPD has declared an unlawful assembly & issued a dispersal order in the area of Pico & Figueroa northwest corner. At this time, anyone in the area is to leave immediately and follow all orders from any police officer. This area is now closed. pic.twitter.com/SwNRsznqE2
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 4, 2020
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.
Group is moving west on Denny Wy. Public safety warning has been given. pic.twitter.com/Itk6SH3ftz
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) November 4, 2020
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.”
— SCATS (@SCATSOTS) November 4, 2020