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Anti-Trump AND pro-president protesters clash with cops & hold ‘count the vote’ demos on third night of unrest across US – Bukipress

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ANTI-Trump protesters and MAGA fans clashed with cops during the “count the vote” demonstrations on the third night of unrest across the United States.

During an election that has the world’s attention, Joe Biden supporters want every vote counted, while Donald Trump backers want mail-in votes that came in after election day to be ignored.

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During a protest in New York City last night, cops arrested 18 people[/caption]

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In Arizona, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones riled up Trump supporters[/caption]

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In Detroit, Trump fans clashed with Biden supporters [/caption]

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MAGA protests also raged in Miami after Florida was called for Trump[/caption]

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While election officials feared for the safety of their staff, rallies raged in DC[/caption]

Violence erupted on the streets of New York City yesterday as tensions escalated once more in lower Manhattan, where cops arrested 18 people – and one protester allegedly pushed his bike over an officer’s neck.

“Some were issued summonses and released. Charges and further updates to follow,” an NYPD spokesperson told The Sun on Friday morning.

“Levon Wheeler was engaged with officers and in the course of arrest being made, he pushed a large heavy (bike) chain to the arresting officer’s neck,” police said.

The 30-year-old was booked and charged with Felony Assault, Attempted Criminal Obstruction Breathing, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct last night.

Shocking footage from the “We Choose Freedom” rally emerged showing what one reporter described as “violent arrests” being made near Washington Square park during the fraught election battle.

The NYPD said an irate protester attempted to strangle an officer with a chain as the race heats up across the country, protests rage, and election officials scramble to finish the count.

“The suspect was apprehended & will be charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon & attempted strangulation,” NYPD News tweeted, as another clip showed people marching to the chant of “all cops are bastards.”

In the disturbing videos, cops can be seen arresting people, while another detained person wearing a sparkly silver ball gown can be heard yelling “b****, where are my f***ing shoes” as they’re led away by cops.

On the same day Trump’s son Donald Jr called for a “total war” over the vote count and his dad declared a premature victory, election officials in several states feared for the safety of their staff.

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Alex Jones joined a group of Trump supporters protesting Arizona’s ballot counting[/caption]

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Infowars host Alex Jones yelled, ‘You ain’t stealing s**t’[/caption]

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Some Trump supporters brought firearms to the protest in Arizona, which allows people to openly carry guns[/caption]

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Sheriff’s deputies provided protection for ballot counters in Maricopa County[/caption]

Angry groups also gathered at critical vote tabulation sites in Phoenix, Detroit and Philadelphia, decrying counts that showed Biden was in the lead or inching towards a 2020 victory.

Local officials were distressed by the crowds and concerned about the relentless accusations of voter fraud peddled by Trump, whose was lambasted by some of his fellow republicans for declaring he’d won.

MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters again descended on the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center last night, accompanied by the irate conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Jones – who recently claimed medics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center were trying to “deliberately kill” Trump in a “Deep State” scheme – was cheered on by people carrying military-style rifles and handguns.

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BLM counter-protesters hold up an inverted U.S. flag at supporters at the Pro-Trump ‘Stop the Steal’ rally outside Milwaukee Central Count[/caption]

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Pro Trump supporters rally outside the Maricopa County Recorders Office, Thursday, Nov. 5[/caption]

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A woman wearing a t-shirt with the slogan ‘I’m a Trump girl get over it’ roars at ‘Count Every Vote’ protester[/caption]

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A man who got maced by BLM activists is embraced by a Black man during a protest following the 2020 US presidential election, in Detroit[/caption]

“You ain’t stealing s**t,” Jones roared into a megaphone, parroting Trump’s unfounded claims of a “fraudulent” election steered by the Democrats in cahoots with “big media, big money and big tech.”

At the center, authorities used fences to create a freedom of speech zone and keep the entrance to the building open, while the crowd chanted “Count the votes!” and Four more years!” as cops looked on.

They listened to Trump’s White House address, where he alleged “tremendous corruption” in the vote, singling out mail-in ballots which he suggested were suspicious in being “overwhelmingly” for his rival.

In Philadelphia, police are investigating a group who allegedly drove up from Virginia in a Hummer to unleash an attack at the Convention Center where the final votes are being counted, The Sun learned on Thursday night.

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A judge rejected Trump’s legal demands in Philadelphia, where the count continues[/caption]

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The count began on November 3 and is set to continue until November 6[/caption]

A man has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing, police sources said.

“Count Every Vote” activists danced to Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia, where a federal judge today rejected Trump’s attempt to stop the tally.

Nearby, 30 Trump fans wielded flags and signs behind police protective barriers and there were no reported fights – but law enforcement was on high alert in Philly as a helicopter hovered overhead.

Insults were swapped tonight, as one young woman gave a Trump fan the middle finger, who in turn, called her a satanist, reports said.

In the Pennsylvania city of Harrisburg, Republican Representative Jim Jordan led a pro-Trump rally and demanded the counting stopped from the steps of the State Capital.

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Trump’s team filed lawsuits in several crucial states[/caption]

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People gathered outside the Philly convention center in droves[/caption]

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A supporter of President Donald Trump yells at a counter-protester outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office[/caption]

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Trump supporters, rear, argue with a counter protestor at left as Trump supporters demonstrate outside the central counting board at the Center in Detroit[/caption]

Meanwhile, in Michigan, Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted a plea to stop making harassing & threatening calls to her staff.

In Michigan, which was called for Biden Wednesday, the two sides clashed outside the TCF Center in Detroit.   

The political division in-state reached boiling point as a maskless Trump backer squared up to a Biden fan outside a voting center, where enraged protesters demanded entry to the building to watch the count.

The demonstrations emerged after Trump’s team filed suits in Michigan, Georgia, and Nevada, as well as his reject legal complaint in PA. He’s also demanding a recount in Wisconsin, which was called for Biden.

Marchers also converged at the White House – where Trump gave his incendiary victory speech yesterday evening – resulting in street closures as Anti-Trump protesters demanded that vote was counted.

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Biden is currently ahead in Nevada as he inches closer to a 2020 victory[/caption]

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Demonstrators rally outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the fraught tally[/caption]

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NYPD officers on bikes watch a protest in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. November 5, which ended in multiple arrests[/caption]

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Trump supporter C.L. Bryant, right, argues with counter protestors Angelo Austin, left, and Ralph Gaines, center[/caption]

This was headed by Shutdown DC, an organization which gathered other activist groups including 350 DC and DC Bike Party as the march kicked off at Black Lives Matter plaza from 7am.

A car caravan also met in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, while demonstrators on bikes peddled off from Freedom Plaza. 

Near the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill,  Ed Martin, president of the conservative political organization Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, hosted a “Stop the steal” accompanied by MAGA fans.

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Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather for a protest about the early results of the 2020 presidential election in the Westchester neighborhood in Miami, Florida[/caption]

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Jones pictured in Maricopa County last night after bizarrely claiming medics tried to ‘kill’ Trump while treating him for Covid-19[/caption]

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A Detroit cop stands between Trump and Biden supporters outside the TCF election center[/caption]

They carried banners like “Latinos for Trump. Stop the steal,” while Medea Benjamin, co-founder of activist group Code Pink stood next to Martin in counter protest.

Although significant wins have been called for both candidates, votes are still being counted in battleground states PennsylvaniaArizonaGeorgia, and Nevada.

By Friday morning, Trump’s lead over Biden in Pennsylvania plummeted to 22,398 votes, 49.59 percent to 49.26 percent, per the Associated Press.


Gwinnett County in Georgia stopped counting ballots for the remainder of Thursday night, reported NBC News, and no more results were expected from Nevada either.

Biden was leading in Arizona by 46,257 votes in the early hours of this morning after 90 percent of the votes were counted.

Biden and Trump need 270 electoral votes to become the 46th president of the United States.

HOLDING A RECOUNT

Joe Biden has a slender lead over Donald Trump in the race to 270 electoral votes.

The Democrat has so far flipped three states that Trump won in 2016 – Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.

But the President wants a recount of votes in Wisconsin and has filed lawsuits to stop vote counting in both Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The recount of votes can be complicated because the guidelines are set at state and sometimes local levels.

THE RULES

Wisconsin – a recount cannot be requested until election results are verified on December 1. State rules also dictate that a recount can only be requested by a candidate if the race is separated by a margin of one per cent or less.

Michigan – the state conducts an automatic recount if candidates are separated by a margin of 2,000 total votes or less.  To get a recount by request, a campaign must submit a petition over alleged fraud or counting errors within 48 hours.

Pennsylvania – the state only provides an automatic recount if the race is separated by a margin of 0.5% or less, or if election officials find irregularities in the results

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