About 63 protesters taking part in a march against President Donald Trump have been arrested in Manhattan and Los Angeles as the nation waits a second night for an outcome to the presidential election.
According to the New York Police Department spokesperson, 60 of the protesters were arrested around 8:00pm as protesters made their way through streets in the borough’s West Village neighborhood in Manhattan.
Three protesters were also arrested in downtown Los Angeles’ Pershing Square Wednesday evening for an unlawful assembly.
The protest, which was organised by the group Refuse Fascism, was held nationwide against Trump’s response to the election results.
“(Trump) claims victory demanding that the counting be stopped immediately — with millions of ballots yet to be counted, overwhelmingly from the urban cores where Black and Latino voters are concentrated,” Refuse Fascism said in a news release on Wednesday.
The protest began at around 3:30pm as police called the crowd “large and unruly,” and at around 7:30pm, an unlawful assembly was declared at Fifth and Hill streets and Los Angeles police officers surrounded the protesters.
“You have five minutes to disperse,” one LAPD officer was heard telling the protesters over a megaphone.
Officers cleared the scene by 9:00pm, police said.
So far, Biden maintains an early lead of 264 electoral votes and 72,473,159 over Trump’s 214 electoral votes and 68,908,642 popular votes.
Speaking from his hometown in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday evening, Biden said, “The senator and I continue to feel very good about where things stand. We do not doubt that when the count is finished, Sen. Harris and I will be declared the winners. So, I ask everyone to stay calm — all people to stay calm.
“The process is working. The count is being completed. And we’ll know very soon. So thank you all for your patience, but we’ve got to count the votes.”