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Dozens of Arrests in Sporadic Election-Related Protests

Protesters clashed outside of the White House and in other cities throughout election night and Wednesday morning, with emotions flaring and dozens of arrests reported, USA Today reports. Dozens marched through streets in Los Angeles and crowds of 200 or more were in Raleigh, N.C., and Portland. Minnesota saw more than a dozen arrests. Tempers flared as the evening wore on, with President Donald Trump adding fuel to the fire by saying he thinks the election is rigged.

A Washington, D.C., protest, despite a mostly peaceful atmosphere, had pockets of confrontation as the night wore on. Shortly before midnight, dozens of black-clad protesters began marching west from the city’s Black Lives Matter Plaza, using megaphones to chant: “Black lives matter!” Los Angeles police said Tuesday night they were attempting to disperse a “large and unruly crowd.” Several dozen protesters faced off against officers in riot gear. Several arrests were reported. In Graham, N.C., where police cracked down on a peaceful demonstration, another march took place Tuesday. This one, which included hundreds, concluded without response from police.  In Raleigh, arrests were made after protesters threw fireworks and other items at police. The protest was declared unlawful and was broken up around 10 p.m.