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US Elections 2020: Protect the Vote protests held across country

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of New York City demanding every vote be counted after President Trump falsely claimed victory amid

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Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of New York City demanding every vote be counted after President Trump falsely claimed victory amid a cliffhanger presidential election and called for voting to stop. 

Crowds of protesters began mobilizing in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue late Wednesday afternoon as part of several ‘Protect the Results’ demonstrations that kicked off in cities across the country. 

City and state officials had been bracing for potential unrest ahead of Election Day, with local businesses and residential buildings boarding up their property amid fears of violence and riots spurred by a potential Trump victory. 

But those concerns did not materialize on Tuesday which only saw scattered protests after voting ended however, fears of possible unrest were heightened on Wednesday after Trump falsely claimed victory in the early hours of the morning. 

Crowds of protesters began mobilizing in Manhattan's Fifth Avenue late Wednesday afternoon as part of several 'Protect the Results' demonstrations that kicked off in cities across the country

Crowds of protesters began mobilizing in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue late Wednesday afternoon as part of several ‘Protect the Results’ demonstrations that kicked off in cities across the country

Protesters rally and march form the New York Public Library down Fifth Avenue to protect the results of the US Presidential Election and to continue the count of ballots

Protesters rally and march form the New York Public Library down Fifth Avenue to protect the results of the US Presidential Election and to continue the count of ballots

Protesters rally and march form the New York Public Library down Fifth Avenue to protect the results of the US Presidential Election and to continue the count of ballots on November 4

Protesters rally and march form the New York Public Library down Fifth Avenue to protect the results of the US Presidential Election and to continue the count of ballots on November 4

Earlier, the Republican campaign also urged officials to stop the count, demanding Michigan’s Democratic secretary of state allow in more inspectors after Biden was projected to be the winner in the state. 

Trump’s remarks were the sort of call that protest organizers had planned for. The ‘Protect the Results’ coalition of over 130 groups, from Planned Parenthood to Republicans for the Rule of Law, has said it had about 500 protests organized around the country. 

In New York City protesters gathered near the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue before marching down the streets as other demonstrations were staged in Washington Square Park.

Thousands of people rallied down the streets as they chanted ‘count every vote’ and ‘every vote counts.’   

Similar scenes unfolded in Philadelphia, where crowds marched past Independence Hall as they called for a fair count

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the LAPD declared a tactical alert as they prepare for a wave of ‘Count Every Vote’ marches in the city. 

The prolonged task of counting this year’s deluge of mail-in votes raised fears that the lack of clarity in the presidential race could spark conflict.

Other anti-Trump demonstration were set for Wednesday evening, with protesters gathering in Houston, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon.

Demonstrators, including one carrying a Black Lives Matter flag, march past Independence Hall to urge that all votes be counted, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia

Demonstrators, including one carrying a Black Lives Matter flag, march past Independence Hall to urge that all votes be counted, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia

Demonstrators attend a rally to support all votes being counted one day after Election Day, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Demonstrators attend a rally to support all votes being counted one day after Election Day, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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