US protests: Pentagon sends 1,600 troops to Washington after Trump threatens protesters

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Several US cities are under siege.  Anti-racism protests continued on Tuesday (June 2nd), after Donald Trump threatened protesters to take the army out into the streets.


In fact, the Pentagon moved about 1,600 U.S. Army soldiers to the Washington, D.C. region after nights of protests and violence, Digi24 reports.  Eight days after George Floyd's death, protests against racism and police brutality and social inequality do not seem to end too soon.  People are more determined than ever to demand their rights in the streets, but President Donald Trump has told protesters he will use whatever means necessary to stop the protests.  This threat provoked an even bigger wave of anger.

 Thus, on Tuesday evening (June 2), thousands of people, including Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, peacefully defied the traffic ban in the federal capital Washington.  The area around the White House has been blocked by barriers.


 Also, at least 60,000 people paid their last respects to George Floyd at a peaceful rally in Houston, Texas, where he grew up and where he will be buried next week.  The 45-year-old African American was killed by a white policeman.  He was unarmed and in police custody when an officer kicked him in the neck for minutes while George Floyd begged for his life.  The tragedy was filmed and angered the community of people of color, who have been facing police brutality for years.


 In Manhattan, several thousand protesters gathered to protest peacefully near the New York police headquarters.

 On Tuesday night, the situation was calm in Minneapolis, the epicenter of this wave of revolt that spread to more than a hundred American cities and resulted in thousands of arrests and several wounded among police and protesters.

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The brutal death of George Floyd, an African-American who ended up trampled by a police officer, did not go unnoticed both in the United States and around the world. In Minneapolis, hundreds of people protested against the racist behavior of law enforcement and dozens of protesters were arrested. And the British were outraged by what happened and took to the streets to shout their revolt.


Hundreds of British people demonstrated in London on Sunday, May 31, after an African-American citizen found his end in a barbaric way, trampled on by a law enforcement officer. The 46-year-old man was immobilized, and the policeman continued to kneel on his head and neck until the man he found guilty of using counterfeit shopping bills took his last breath on the pavement.

After his death, people in the United States manifested their opposition to the racist attitude that law enforcement often displays. The British did not remain indifferent either, and on Sunday they met in Trafalgar Square to demand justice. "Without justice there is no peace!", The crowd chanted several times.


Demonstrators knelt, a gesture that became a symbol of the fight against discrimination in the United States, where similar rallies were held daily, after which they marched to the United States Embassy in Britain.

"Obviously, the images of what happened to George Floyd were extremely disturbing, as were the scenes of riots and violence in the United States," said British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab on Sunday. Asked on Sky News what he thinks about the issue, Raab declined to comment on a controversial tweet by Donald Trump and how he handled the crisis.


The American president, who has repeatedly denounced the "tragic" death of George Floyd, said the riots dishonored his memory by their "violence" and "vandalism". "When the robbery begins, it starts firing," he reacted in a message posted on Twitter, signaled by the social network as an "apology for violence."

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Shocking statements!  US President Donald Trump announced on Monday (June 1st) that he will send the army to the streets to stop the protests in Washington and promised to do the same in other cities if mayors and governors fail to regain control of the streets.  The protests began after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed man in police custody, killed by a police officer.

"Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence is stopped," Trump said in the White House garden as protesters were scattered with tear gas.


 "If a city or a state refuses to take the necessary measures to defend the lives and property of its inhabitants, then I will deploy the US military and quickly solve the problem in their place," Trump warned, according to news.ro.


 President Donald Trump on Monday called on U.S. states to fight violent protests in cities, saying officials should "dominate" and arrest people to restore order after a sixth consecutive night of vandalism and robbery.  press, reports Reuters.

 Residents and business owners in cities from New York to Santa Monica, California, spent Monday cleaning broken windows and taking stock of damage following new violent clashes between protesters challenging racial inequalities and police.

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The suspension of the election that made the whole world turn its attention to the US continues on Friday, although Joe Biden is approaching in the key states the magic number of 270 votes in the electoral colleges, a figure that will ensure his presidency.

 

 Meanwhile, Donald Trump held his first press conference after the election, accusing him of attempted fraud, without presenting any evidence. Some Republicans have distanced themselves from him, saying such positions undermine the democratic process. On the other hand, Biden called for calm and patience.

 

Being such an important event, voters also have many questions. So Bemorepanda collected these questions and found an answer to them.

I’ve requested my mail-in ballot. If I change my mind and want to vote in person, may I?

Yes, you should be able to cast a ballot at a polling place, though it may be what’s known as a “provisional” ballot.

But you should not try to vote in person if you’ve already voted by mail. Voting twice is a felony in most states. Read more on that here.

 

What if President Donald Trump refuses to accept the election results?

This is a valid question since the President’s laid groundwork to argue the system is rigged against him and that fraud cost him votes in 2016. Neither claim is true. But he really doesn’t have a choice about accepting the results. Under the Constitution, a new president takes the oath of office on January 20 at noon. If no one has met the criteria to win the election — either with a majority in the Electoral College or being picked by the House — the next person in the line of presidential succession takes the oath until the election can be brought to a close. The person in line after Trump and Vice President Mike Pence is Nancy Pelosi or whoever is House speaker on January 20. For Trump to refuse to leave, he’d essentially be seizing power in a coup and shredding the Constitution. That seems impossible.

 

How do local officials verify signatures on mail-in ballots?

The process is different in every state and is already the subject of lawsuits this year. Often, a representative from each political party will take part in the process. Some states notify people if their signatures are rejected and they can fix the issue, in a process called “curing” a ballot. In some states you can update your signature by updating your voter registration.

Here’s a full list compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. It’s an interesting read.

 

How will people who lost their homes in the recent wildfires receive their voting information and their mail-in ballots?

They should forward their mail to wherever they’re staying or have it held. Or vote in person.

 

What about adding drive-thru voting so people can feel safe remaining in their vehicles?

Officials are experimenting with drive-thru voting in Utah.

 

Can people volunteer to help the post office process ballots for delivery?

No. But if you’re looking to volunteer, there’s a real problem finding enough poll workers during the pandemic. Find out more here.

 

 

What kind of access do Russians have to the election system? Can they manipulate vote totals or voter lists?

Russians aren’t supposed to have any access. But that won’t stop them from trying. They did access sensitive information in two small Florida counties in 2019, according to reports, and likely targeted all 50 states. There’s no indication or evidence they were able or tried to change vote totals.

 

What if the signature on my mail-in ballot is rejected?

There are different rules in different states and, with so many more people expected to vote by mail this year, states are scrambling to update them. In many states there is a process by which the voter is notified the signatures don’t match and is given the ability to fix, or “cure,” the ballot. The National Conference of State Legislatures has a database of the rules for curing a ballot in the 19 states that allow it.

 

Will we know the winner on election night?

There’s a very good chance we will not. Why? With so many more voters expected to vote by mail, it’s entirely possible states will not have final or close to final results even within days of the end of voting. Some states will count ballots they receive weeks after Election Day. And if margins are as close in some battlegrounds as they were in 2016, that means it could take a long time to get all the absentee and provisional votes counted. The Electoral College isn’t required to meet until the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, so states have time to finalize their results.

 

Why do so few people vote in US elections?

I’m not sure I can explain it. But I can confirm that lots of Americans who can vote don’t. The last presidential election to reach more than 60% turnout was in 1968. There is some evidence that 2020 will be a big year for turnout; the 2018 midterms saw turnout on par with recent presidential elections. So voters are clearly motivated by President Donald Trump’s presidency.

 

By what date do I need to register to vote?

Each state has its own rules. You can check yours here. All states allow registration into October, but it may be early or mid-October. Twenty-one states allow a voter to register either after early voting has begun or on Election Day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

 

 

I received my North Carolina ballot and at the end it says I have to have a witness sign. Is this true? Do you have to have a witness in all states or just in North Carolina?

Every state is different. And the rules have been scrambled as states try to make mail-in voting easier during the pandemic. Check out our voter guide for information on all states.

Regarding North Carolina specifically, the state does require that a witness sign a certification included with your ballot. Here’s a step-by-step process published by the state.

 

I received a text indicating that you could vote online with a link to sign up. Didn't click the link as I've not heard anything about online voting. Any insight on this issue?

Danger! There is no large-scale online voting option in US presidential elections. You might register to vote online. You might request an absentee ballot online. You might check your registration online. You might check the status of your mail-in ballot online. But you do not vote online in the US. What you received is very likely a phishing scam.

All that said, some states have experimented with types of online voting, particularly for service members overseas. That includes West Virginia, which has an online voting app it used in 2018 and for its primary in 2020.

Washington, DC, allowed some voters to cast ballots by email in its primary this year, but this is not widely done.

 

What is the point in voting with Donald Trump’s declaration to dispute/reject the election results?

The Constitution makes clear the next presidential term of office begins January 20 at noon. The person who is sworn in then will either be the winner of the election or a placeholder in the line of presidential succession. It doesn’t really matter, from that perspective, whether Trump will dispute or reject the results. The system is built so that he can’t just ignore the results.

 

I received a ballot with just an option for president. Why were the other positions not listed?

This seems completely wrong. Every citizen living in a US state votes for Congress at the same time as they vote for president. There should, at least, be an option to vote for your congressperson. If you live in Washington, DC, or a territory like Puerto Rico, you should be voting for your delegate. You may also be voting for your senator and local officials. This is a good time to call your local election officials.

 

 

Is it OK to just vote for a president only and not vote for anything else on the ballot? Will my vote still count if I currently vote for my presidential choice?

Yes, it should. There’s no requirement to vote at all and no requirement to vote for everything on the ballot. But why not? When you vote, you have a say in how your government is working. And some elections — in particular local elections — might have just as much or more of a bearing on your daily life as your vote for the White House.

 

I registered as independent when I was 18. I am now 32, and have never voted. How do I know where to vote? Will I be able to vote Democrat? How do I change my party?

Regardless of whether you’re registered with a party, you can vote for whoever you want — Republican, Democrat or something else — on Election Day. But you should confirm your voter registration, because some states purge voters who have not voted in a long time. Most states allow you to do this online at the state secretary of state or election office. That’s also where you’re likely to find your polling place. Check your state at CNN’s voting guide.

 

What happens if my voting location closes due to a Covid surge?

This is a great question. If this is a concern, consider voting early in-person or by mail. Nearly every state has some kind of accommodation for people concerned about the pandemic. Given the importance of the election and the fact that it can’t, by law, be moved, polling places are unlikely to close completely. But lines could be longer. Here’s how to vote safely in-person.

 

If I checked Democrat, at the beginning of the ballot, is it ok that I then checked individual boxes for each candidate, some state ones being Republican?

Yes. There are six US states that include a “straight ticket voting” feature where you can simply select a party and your ballot is counted for that party in all races. This is an option that has declined over time, but six US states — Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and South Carolina — still offer it in some way.

But even where a “straight ticket” is offered, you should still be able to select a different party’s candidate in an individual race and “split” your ticket.

 

 

When can the states begin to count absentee & mail-in ballots?

The rules are different in every state. Pennsylvania is notable as a key battleground state that waits until 7 a.m. on Election Day to begin processing mail-in ballots. Here’s a helpful map.

 

Will CNN project states on election night like they do every year? Will there be too many mail-in ballots cast that the number of in-person votes cast just won’t be enough to project a winner?

CNN will project the winner of states. But it might not be like other years. There is a decision desk that takes incoming vote results, exit polls and other factors into account before making a projection. If there isn’t enough data to project a winner in a state, we won’t. The emphasis is on getting this right. It could be a very long night and the counting of ballots will likely stretch for days in many states. Here’s more on how CNN makes projections.

 

If the Electoral College’s vote is the primary determination of who becomes president, what is the purpose of the popular vote?

There is no purpose of the popular vote. News organizations and the federal government record it, but it’s meaningless in terms of determining the president. The popular vote in an individual state, however, is very important. A candidate may win a state by a handful of votes, but they still get all of that state’s electoral votes. (Nebraska and Maine are exceptions since they award some of their votes to the statewide winner and some proportionally.) Here’s a refresher on the Electoral College.

 

Can I send my mail-in ballot by Priority Mail, and can I put the ballots of my other family members in the same Priority envelope?

Yes, the Post Office will let you use Priority Mail. But putting multiple ballots in one envelope may be against the rules and is definitely risky. Many states require two envelopes — a mailing envelope and a secrecy sleeve. This inner envelope can hold the ballot and requires a voter’s signature. Review your state’s rules.

 

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Groups of people broke the windows of shops in the center of the German city of Stuttgart, robbed and attacked police cars, among other acts of vandalism last night, BBC reports.


Police say several police officers were injured during the violence in southwestern Germany.


 Videos posted on Twitter show people vandalizing shops in the city center and throwing large stones and other objects at police vehicles.

 Stuttgart police say the violence began after police conducted checks in a drug incident.


 So far, there are no other details about what caused the violent outbursts.  Witnesses say hundreds of people were involved.


 The police statement shows that some of those who vandalized the area threw stones from the pavement and other projectiles at the passing police cars.  At one point, police said the situation was "out of control."

 More than 200 additional police officers were sent to the city center, where shops were apparently attacked at random.  Several shops were looted, according to law enforcement.


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During the protests triggered by the death of the black American George Floyd, among the target shops of the protesters' robberies was the giant Apple, from where many phones and other devices were stolen.  However, it appears that the perpetrators will not be able to use any object "purchased" illegally,


 The iPhones stolen by those who robbed Apple stores during the protests triggered by the death of George Floyd will not only not be able to be used, but would take the police directly to the thieves, informs BBC.

The stolen phones were deactivated by the company and are being tracked, and local authorities were notified of the theft.  The company sent a message displayed on their screens, explaining all these things.


 Several images with these warnings appeared on the screens of the stolen phones were later published on social networks.  Apple has temporarily closed some of its stores in the US, after a series of attacks during the BLM-Black Lives Matter movement.


 There has long been a suspicion that phones on display in Apple stores have software installed that allows them to be tracked even if they are stolen.  This was originally created if they are lost, if the buyer can no longer find his mobile.

 The photos published on social networks confirm these rumors.  An image on Twitter shows a phone with the message: "Please return the product to Apple Walnut Street.  This device has been disabled and is being tracked.  Local authorities will be alerted. "  It seems that this type of message would have appeared on all stolen electronics during this period, so thieves will not be able to enjoy their use.


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