Watch: PEACEFUL anti-Trump rally in Manhattan descends into violence as protesters clash with police
Wednesday, November 4 saw election chaos throughout the US, and in Manhattan, thousands of anti-Trump protesters were involved in violent clashes with NYPD officers. The unrest began after president Trump falsely claimed victory, with demonstrators demanding that ‘every vote be counted’.
Crowds began mobilising in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue late Wednesday afternoon as part of several ‘Protect the Results’ demonstrations that kicked off in cities across the country including Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, Detroit and Los Angeles.
By nightfall, the demonstrations in Manhattan had taken a violent turn, with some groups attacking police officers and setting fires.
Protesters, police clash in New York City's Greenwich Village amid demonstrations over presidential election; local media reports multiple arrests pic.twitter.com/ameE4wLL6V
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Anti-Trump rally descends into violence in Manhattan
More than 20 people who had disrupted the rally had been arrested by 10pm Wednesday night, according to the NYPD.
‘We appreciate and value the importance of freedom of speech. Our top priority is and always will be safety,’ the department said in a statement.
‘We have arrested more than 20 individuals who attempted to hijack a peaceful protest by lighting fires, throwing garbage and eggs in Manhattan.’
The ‘Protect the Results’ coalition of over 130 groups, has said it had about 500 protests organised around the country.
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