The Telegraph . Wed, November 4, 2020, 4:49 AM GMT+1
The night of the US presidential election has been marred by trouble near the White House which saw two men detained and three arrests made.
Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at the Black Lives Matter Plaza, a two-block section of Downtown Washington which was renamed in June following the death of George Floyd, as results in the contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden gradually emerged.
It was unclear why two men were being held outside the Labourers’ International Union building, as officers formed a barrier between them and the gathered crowds.
Crowds chanted “no justice, no police” and some kicked police bicycles before the officers escorted the detained men out through the barrier.
Two arrests were made following an assault incident, according to police in D.C.
A Trump supporter tries to run from demonstrators at Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House on election day in Washington, DC – Olivier Douliery/AFP
District of Columbia Metropolitan Police form a line against demonstrators outside the White House – Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo
Protesters began to gather from mid-afternoon on Tuesday in order to pray and make themselves, with the majority vocally opposing President Trump’s policies and actions with particular reference to race relations.
They proceeded to clash with supporters of the president outside the White House.
On Monday, White House security staff put up an eight-foot fence around the complex following an election marred by simmering tensions nationwide.