By Charlie Loran • 31 October 2020 • 9:49
CITIES across America are boarding up in preparation for widespread violence on and after Election Day, as many states prepare the National Guard for activation and specialised units of military police Guardsmen ready for rapid deployment.
Boards are going up over storefronts in Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver and elsewhere in anticipation of potential political violence that would be unprecedented in modern American history.
Experts fear the unrest could be widespread regardless of whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden emerges victorious, and warn that riots could begin even if the results are not clear on November 3, a likely scenario given the surge in mail-in voting this cycle.
Security officials are preparing for a range of possible threats, from spontaneous acts of mob violence to more organised, planned attacks.
Washington DC is predicted to be the centre of civil unrest, with left-wing activists preparing to gather for a mass demonstration there as polls close.
A collection of groups led by Black Lives Matter and Shutdown DC is planning an eight-hour event at Black Lives Matter Plaza, just one block from the White House.
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