August 1, 2021

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The streets in the United States vigilant of the electoral result


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Washington / New York / Los Angeles / Detroit – Without a definitive result after election day, activist groups called this Wednesday for mobilizations in different cities of the United States to raise their voice in defense of the vote and keep alive the claims against racism and police brutality.

The tension surrounding the delicate assignment of delegates to the Electoral College, the body made up of 538 delegates that defines the winner of the presidential races in the country, took to the streets under a slogan: “Count every vote” (“Count every vote” vote”).

The day after the Americans went to the polls began without the winner being known and with the candidates, the current president, Donald Trump, and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, watching the results in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina, plus a Maine district.

So far, the projections of the main US media, give Biden 248 of the 270 delegates needed to claim victory against 214 for the Republican leader and candidate for reelection.

Trump, declared victorious early today, before the final results were known, denounced electoral “fraud” without providing evidence and threatened to appeal to the Supreme Court to stop the vote count.

The campaign of the Republican leader anticipated hours later that he will ask for a recount in the key state of Wisconsin, where almost all the votes have been counted and the projections of the mainstream media have already given Joe Biden the winner.

And the streets have not been deaf to political polarization, especially after the turmoil the United States experienced for weeks amid racial protests.

WASHINGTON WAKE UP

The US capital, where hundreds of people waited around the White House until late Tuesday night for the first projections of the vote, woke up ready to march.

“Without hatred, without fear, every vote counts here,” chanted a large group of people whose journey forced them to interrupt traffic through different arteries of the city.

Carrying banners of different sizes, the messages were forceful: “This is an act of democracy”, “The people have spoken”, “You will not silence us”.

In the midst of the bustling tour, the screams also recalled the slogans that were heard in the weeks following the death, in May, of African American George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman.

“Without justice there is no peace”, “Say his name” or “Defund the Police” (Withdraw funds from the Police), they repeated.

NEW YORK, A DEMOCRATIC BASTION, IS MOBILIZED

With most of the stores on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue shopping armored with wooden panels, New York was also preparing this Wednesday for new mobilizations.

Up to nine demonstrations with slogans such as “Reject fascism” or “Let’s not let Trump steal the elections” have been called for this afternoon in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

These protests have been organized by leftist groups that also led the anti-racist mobilizations and against police brutality in May and June.

LOS ANGELES MOVES AGAINST ITS PROSECUTOR

Also in Los Angeles, after only a few small protests took place on Tuesday without major echo or notable incidents, Black Lives Matter has called for a concentration this afternoon in the center of the Californian city to say goodbye to the Los Angeles county prosecutor, Jackie Lacey

Lacey was the first woman and the first African-American person to lead the Los Angeles County prosecution service, but she has come under fire from black activists for her alleged inaction in investigating suspected cases of police brutality.

Although an official result has not yet been given, Lacey is at a disadvantage compared to Latino George Gascón, a former San Francisco prosecutor who promises progressive reform for justice in Los Angeles County.

Preliminary counts indicated that Gascón had reached 53.8% of the votes compared to Lacey’s 46.1%, which represents an advantage of about 211,000 votes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

DETROIT, TO THE STREETS WHILE TRUMP DEMANDS A COUNT

And as Michigan became the second state, after Wisconsin, where Trump’s re-election campaign has filed a lawsuit in court demanding that the vote count stop, protesters were preparing to leave in the towns of Ferndale, Brighton, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

In Detroit, the great city of Michigan and the former world center of the automotive industry, social networks reported a small march on Thursday.

On the other hand, in anticipation of any disturbance of public order, the governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, extended until Friday the validity in the city of Portland of a plan to prevent acts of violence and guarantee the right to freedom of expression while the vote count takes place.

Portland was the scene in recent weeks of marches organized by the far-right group “Proud Boys” – which the US president asked last September to “step back and remain prepared” for possible race riots – and activists of the movement “Black Lives Matter” (Black lives matter).



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