US elections 2020: Trump's govt braces for protests, erects security fence around White House

US elections 2020: Trump's govt braces for protests, erects security fence around White House

- There are fears that the outcome of the US elections will spark massive protest

- In preparation for this, the US government has built a non-scalable fence around the entire White House vicinity

- This move by the Trump-led administration is regarded as one of the biggest examples of preparation for unrest on the part of the government

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In anticipation of a protest that might ensue after the outcome of the coming United States (US) elections, the government has on Monday, November 1, built barricades around the White House.

According to DailyMail, they were built out of heavy-duty material designed to deter climbers as the government braces for potential electoral violence. gathers that the barricades which spanned roughly 8,800 feet block off the Ellipse, a large green area south of the White House, and Lafayette Square to the north.

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US 2020: Trump's govt erects 'non-scalable' fence around White House
Workmen install a metal fence at an entrance to the White House in anticipation of unrest related to the presidential election. Photo credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Meanwhile, the possibility of electoral violence especially if a result is not announced on Tuesday, November 3 as President Donald Trump wanted, has also prompted the police in Washington to put 250 National Guardsmen on standby, NBC News reported.

US 2020: Trump's govt braces for protests, erects security fence around White House
The south side of the White House is seen behind layers of fencing. Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

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In the opinion of some political observers in the US, this is one of the biggest instances of a government preparing for a possible social upheaval.

Meanwhile, Trump had said his legal team would head to court immediately after the US presidential election to challenge the counting of late ballots.

Trump made the statement on Sunday, November 1, when speaking to reporters in Charlotte ahead of a rally in Hickory, North Carolina.

The US president raised doubts over mail and absentee votes and questioned why the counting of late-arriving ballots should be allowed after election day.

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He said vote-counting after Tuesday, November 3, should not be allowed and raised the possibility of challenging the issue in court.

Trump said:

“I think it’s a terrible thing when ballots can be collected after an election. I think it’s a terrible thing when states are allowed to tabulate ballots for a long period of time after the election is over.”

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