November 3, 2020

Cities Brace for Protests and Riots in the Wake of the Election

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Businesses in cities across the U.S. board up windows and prepare for riots and protests over the results of the election. City officials, police, and business owners prepare for what could be a violent several days, and many assume that riots will occur after the election results.

The Background:

The New York Post reports that stores and businesses across the country braced themselves this week for post-election riots, preparing for unrest and potential violence. According to the New York Post, business owners fear an inevitable violent reaction from the left if Trump wins a second term, and have boarded windows in preparation for looting and building damage. 

The New York Times reported that sections of Beverly Hills will be closed through Wednesday, and that police stated that it was out of precaution for expected “protest activity.” Retailers have reportedly invested in new types of screws and plywood in hopes to slow down damages. The New York Times reports that protest preparations cost many businesses thousands of dollars on average. 

Notable Quotes: 

“...The risk is that left-wing rioters are going, as is their wont, to rampage through America’s cities if Donald Trump wins a second term. … But the election shouldn’t be taking place under the implicit threat of violence if it goes the “wrong way.” This is not how a great republic is supposed to work, and perhaps one day there will be a universal consensus about that again.” - The New York Post


Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

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