Uprisings Start in Front of the White House Hours Before Polls Close
Independent Journalist Elijah Schaffer posted some video footage on his twitter timeline of increased activity in an area of Washington DC near the White House that is being called “Black Lives Matter Plaza”, that ranges from festivie to violent.
Nigel Farage posted a video on Monday showing preparations around the DC area of business boarding up in anticipation of violence around the election.
Another view of the preparations:
A security fence was established around the White House.
Federal authorities are expected to put back into place a “non-scalable” fence around the entire perimeter of the White House on Monday as law enforcement and other agencies prepare for possible protests surrounding the election, a source with knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN.
The fence, the same type that was put up during protests this summer, will encompass the Ellipse and Lafayette Square. It will go down 15th Street to Constitution Avenue and then over to 17th Street. The fence will then run up to H Street and across by Lafayette, and then come down 15th Street, the source said.
NBC News was first to report the new fencing. A Secret Service spokeswoman declined to comment to CNN, saying the agency does not comment on security measures.
The extra layer of security marks the most high-profile example to date of authorities preparing for unrest following this year’s election, particularly if there is no clear winner come November 4.
An early arrest was reported on Tuesday, by 5:30 PM.
An attendee of the gathering had been spotted with a baseball bat in a backpack, concerning police about his intent.
Chris Rodriguez, the director of DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, told reporters that “we don’t have any specific or credible threats for [around] the election.”Half a dozen groups, Rodriguez said, have requested permits for protests and there will likely be “First Amendment activities” in the coming days. As a result, the Metropolitan Police Department will be “fully mobilized” and the emergency operations center will be activated on a 24-hour basis as long as needed.
“Lafayette Park, across the street from the north side of the White House and a popular protest gathering spot, had also largely been fenced-in since police aggressively moved in on protesters alongside it in July. Washington, DC, Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham warned the District’s City Council last month there was wide expectation of some type of civil unrest following the election. And many businesses in the downtown DC area in the proximity of the White House have boarded up doors and windows in the last couple of days in anticipation of possible protests. During this past summer, some businesses saw their windows smashed and other property damaged by protesters,” CNBC reported.
Reports of cameras in the area led to speculation about the motivation for the gatherings, with a large gathering planned for 10:30 PM.
The area, with the blessing of the Mayor Muriel Bowser who encourages the violence and uprising, has been littered with signs.
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