More than 48 hours after the close of polling stations and as counting operations continue in several states, tensions remain high across the country. From Portland to New York via Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago or Phoenix, demonstrations have erupted across the United States.
And President Trump, by taking justice, has added fuel to the fire. Yesterday morning, he launched “Stop the Count” in his first tweet, a call heard by his supporters who met this Thursday near counting centers in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) and Detroit, Michigan , and were preparing new gatherings in Nevada, one of the contested states, and in Phoenix.
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In the capital of Arizona, dozens of armed demonstrators had circulated in the city the day before, closely watched by police on the teeth. “I see these Trump supporters behind the windows, I know the police are there but yes, I am worried,” a volunteer of the count in Philadelphia told WQXR radio.
It was in Portland, a left-wing town in a left-wing state of Oregon, that the protests once again escalated. Since the death of George Floyd, the city center has been the scene of rallies of far-left activists who denounce police brutality, the capitalist system and imperialism. For this minority, Biden and Trump, it’s white cap and white cap. “We don’t want Biden. We want revenge ”, could one read on a banner brandished by armed demonstrators… On another:“ The election is over, the struggle continues. “
In New York, skirmishes pitted police against a few hundred anti-Trump protesters on Wednesday evening. They were mainly limited to an anxious Greenwich Village, where the windows of most stores were protected by plywood sheets … The New York police have been preparing for weeks for possible violence and yesterday, we counted no less than five helicopters above the procession … “All votes count,” chanted pro-Biden protesters as Eric Trump, the president’s son, traveled to Philadelphia to demand an end to the count.
So far, despite the incidents and dozens of arrests, the situation seems generally under control in the country. It is also because each side still hopes to win. Once the name of the winner is known, everything risks changing and an incident could ignite the powder.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr