- Protests are springing up in some cities in the United States of America as presidential election results are been awaited
- The police broke up crowds after peaceful demonstrations turned into heated confrontations
- The current US elections has been described as one of the most divisive and heated polls in the country's history
The New York Times is reporting that peaceful demonstrations in Manhattan on Wednesday, November 5 turned into clashes between protesters and the police leading to nearly 60 arrests.
The protests and subsequent confrontations came as the city and much of the rest of the United States remained on edge amid the presidential election’s uncertain outcome.
According to the report, the protesters gathered outside the New York Public Library in Midtown before marching to Washington Square Park.
The protesters had briefly shut down traffic in the neighborhood while chanting slogans like “every city, every town, burn the precincts to the ground” as they marched.
Employing the law enforcement tactic known as kettling, the officers pushed protesters out of the street and sought to contain them on sidewalks.
At one point, as a few dozen demonstrators walked down an empty side street near the park, police officers on bicycles raced past them and blocked them at the next cross street.
With the protesters surrounded, dozens of officers in riot gear moved in, encircling the group and pushing protesters to the ground as they made arrests.
At least three people were detained for setting trash-can fires, the police said; others were arrested because they had blocked subway entrances.
At least 58 people were arrested in connection with the protests, said a senior law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden, the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in the 2020 US election, has extended his early lead over President Donald Trump of the Republican Party.
Already, the Associated Press has called Wisconsin in favour of Biden, giving him the 10 electoral votes of the key battleground state.
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