Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather during a protest about the early results of the 2020 presidential election, in front of the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (MCTEC), in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., November 6, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Small protests in several states continued late Thursday and Friday as the presidential race ran down to the wire.

Protests reignited in Philadelphia on Thursday as supporters of Democratic candidate Joe Biden demanded that every vote be counted while supporters of President Donald Trump called for more transparency in the counting process. Police arrested two men in downtown Philadelphia following reports they were making threats against the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the city’s mail-in ballots were still being counted. The men were arrested after police found them carrying firearms that they did not have a license to carry.

Philadelphia’s crowds took a positive turn later in the evening, when the remaining crowd described as “decidedly pro-Biden” took to dancing in the streets while DJs played music. Several hundred pro-Trump protestors rallied in Detroit on Friday morning complaining of voter fraud, while Phoenix saw a second round of protests Thursday night at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. InfoWars host Alex Jones appeared at the Phoenix rally to rile up right-wing protesters.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Election Dispute Increases Risk Of Political Violence, Analysts Warn – NPR – 11/5/2020
In many cases, right-wing organizers are reactivating the same channels they used over the summer to protest pandemic lockdown orders or to form vigilante groups against the perceived threat of militant leftists. After months of arranging pro-Trump convoys and gathering disparate factions under the “Liberate” or “Reopen” banners, organizers have ready conduits for moving grievances to the streets.

Election watch: While we wait, a warning – The Hill – 11/6/2020
Amnesty International (AIUSA), a human rights organization, took out a full-page ad in The Washington Post before the election calling on all U.S. federal, local and state officials to uphold their human rights obligations under international law. The open letter identified the widespread availability of guns, combined with the incitement to violence and the failure of government officials at the highest levels to call out white supremacy, as having left the country vulnerable to those who would foster inequity over fairness, hate over unity and impunity over injustice. 

Guardian Angels expanding efforts to Philadelphia amid concerns of unrest – Fox News – 11/6/2020
The non-profit crime prevention network, founded by Curtis Sliwa in New York City in the 1970s, has already deployed 4,000 volunteers to other parts of the nation, such as Washington, D.C., Denver, Portland, Chicago, Tampa, Baltimore and Cleveland, in addition to the Big Apple.

Where’s the elections drama? Not in Florida, finally – Tampa Bay Times – 11/6/2020
As other states — Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia — found themselves under the national glare and mounting partisan pressure as they tabulated results, Florida officials exchanged congratulatory tweets.

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