Friday, June 14, 2024

Violent Protests Erupt as Trump Supporters Chant ‘Stop the Count’ in Detroit

(Headline USA) Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump chanting “Stop the count!” descended on a ballot-tallying center in Detroit on Wednesday.

Thousands of anti-Trump protesters demanding a non-transparent count in the still-undecided presidential contest took to the streets in cities across the U.S.

In New York City, thousands marched past boarded-up luxury stores on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, calling for every vote to be tallied.

The march was violent, and police made at least 20 arrests.

In Chicago, protesters demanding an unsupervised count marched through downtown and along a street across the river from Trump Tower.

Similar protests took place in at least a half-dozen cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and San Diego.

Michigan has been on edge for months over fears of political violence.

The Detroit protests started shortly before The Associated Press declared that former Vice President Joe Biden had won Michigan.

Video shot by local media showed Trump supporters gathered outside the TCF Center and inside the lobby, with police officers lined up to keep them from entering the counting area.

They chanted “Stop the count!” and “Stop the vote!”

Earlier, the Republican campaign filed suit in a bid to halt the count, demanding Michigan’s Democratic secretary of state allow in more inspectors.

Trump has repeatedly insisted that there are major problems with the voting and the counting.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, insisted both parties and the public had been given access to the tallying “using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately.”

On Tuesday night, scattered protests broke after voting ended, stretching from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, and there was more violence.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.

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