Nov 04, 2020
Hundreds of people were arrested in Minneapolis and New York City Wednesday night at protests against President Donald Trump's attempts to steal the ongoing 2020 presidential election, part of the nationwide "Count Every Vote" campaign.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Thursday that state troopers and Minneapolis police arrested 646 people beginning after 7:45 pm after they flooded Interstate 94, where, according to the Star-Tribune, they marched against the president's threats to contest the results of the undecided election, as well against police brutality and endless U.S. wars, and for racial justice, climate action, and other progressive causes.
\u201cA protest is starting now in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis. It was organized by anti-war, immigrant rights, and racial justice groups with dual messages for either election result: \u201cFight Trump and everything he stands for\u201d and \u201cA Biden win will not give the freedom we demand.\u201d\u201d— Tony Webster (@Tony Webster) 1604534966
\u201cLive streams from I-94 show officers encircling dozens of well-known social justice activists, like @nvlevy, Monique Cullars-Doty, aunt of Marcus Golden, and Noah McCourt. Everyone on the freeway is expected to be arrested, including at least 6 journalists covering the protest.\u201d— Liz Sawyer (@Liz Sawyer) 1604544765
"We have a racist in office. Which side are you on?" Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney and racial justice activist, asked the crowd before it made its way onto the freeway. "Do you stand on the side of oppression or the side of justice? I'm tired of relatives of people killed by police coming to these rallies."
The protest--which was organized by the Twin Cities for Justice 4 Jamar Coalition in coordination with the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Regression--began in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood before making its way through downtown, where it merged with another demonstration endorsed by a disparate coalition of around 30 organizations, including supporters of Black Lives Matter.
\u201cPolice in Minneapolis have kettled upwards of a thousand people on the freeway, and have begun making arrests of trapped protesters. They\u2019ve stated that everyone attending the protest is under arrest for unlawful assembly and public nuisance.\n\nhttps://t.co/fCBlqh6gaO\u201d— UNICORN RIOT \ud83e\udd84 mastodon.social/@unicornriot \ud83d\udc48\u2757\u2728 (@UNICORN RIOT \ud83e\udd84 mastodon.social/@unicornriot \ud83d\udc48\u2757\u2728) 1604542983
State and local law enforcement, including officers on horseback, "kettled"--or surrounded and systematically arrested--the demonstrators for "suspicion of tresspassing and unlawful assembly," according to the Star-Tribune, which reported a "festive" atmosphere among the detained demonstrators as they awaited processing. No injuries or police brutality were reported.
At about the same time as the arrests began in Minneapolis, police in New York City moved against a group of hundreds of protesters who had convened earlier for a demonstration demanding elections officials "Count Every Vote."
The protesters gathered outside the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan before marching to Washington Square Park. At around 8:30 pm New York Police Department officers dressed in riot gear began kettling and arresting scores of protesters in the West Village. The New York Timesreports at least 58 people were apprehended.
A second confrontation between police and protesters occurred around 9:30 pm near Union Square Park after NYPD officers on bicycles attempted to break up a demonstration. Witnesses said officers forcefully arrested several protesters.
\u201cA big crowd has gathered outside the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue in Manhattan to demand that every vote cast in the 2020 presidential election be counted.\u201d— Liam Stack (@Liam Stack) 1604524299
One New York protester has received international attention after she resisted being trapped against a wall during a kettling blitz by calling an NYPD officer a "fascist" and spitting in his face. Devina Singh of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania was violently arrested and charged with obstruction of governmental administration and harrassment.
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