WASHINGTON (AP) — Greater than 1,000 individuals protesting President Donald Trump converged on Black Lives Matter Plaza on Tuesday night time, only a block from the White Home, whereas a whole lot extra marched via components of downtown Washington, typically blocking visitors and setting off fireworks.
Scattered protests additionally passed off from Seattle to New York Metropolis, however throughout the U.S. there have been no indicators of significant violence or widespread unrest within the hours instantly after the polls closed, with the result nonetheless unknown.
The demonstrations in Washington had been largely peaceable, with individuals shouting, “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “If we don’t get no justice, they don’t get no peace!”
Teams of youngsters danced on the street as onlookers cheered. Massive banners, together with one studying “Trump lies on a regular basis,” had been unfurled.
At one level, the marchers stabbed the tires of a parked police van to flatten them.
Tons of of individuals marched in anti-Trump demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, with a number of arrested.
“That is what democracy appears like,” protesters chanted in Portland, the place organizers mentioned the demonstration could be peaceable and that whatever the presidential election outcome, they might proceed protesting in assist of racial justice. The sheriff’s workplace mentioned some protesters had been overtly carrying weapons.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown had put the Nationwide Guard on standby, since Portland has seen virtually nightly protests for the reason that demise of George Floyd beneath a Minneapolis police officer’s knee in Could.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler mentioned on Twitter that there could be “no tolerance for any violence, intimidation or legal destruction,” and that folks must be “secure whereas utilizing their voice to advocate for his or her perspective.”
In Seattle, police mentioned they arrested a number of individuals, together with somebody who put nails in a highway and one other who drove over a barricade and right into a police bike lane. Nobody was injured.
Tons of of companies in cities throughout the U.S. boarded up their doorways and home windows forward of the election, fearing the vote may result in the form of violence that broke out after Floyd’s demise.
“Some individuals wish to trigger mayhem and hassle,” Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser mentioned earlier within the day. She mentioned she had by no means seen so many companies being boarded up: “That each one saddens me.”