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No Credible Threat of Unrest Ahead of Election Results, But City is Ready for Anything: De Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference Monday (Ed Reed/ Mayoral Photography Office)

Nov. 3, 2020 By Allie Griffin

There are no known plans of acts of violence or unrest in New York City ahead of today’s election results, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The mayor said during a press briefing Tuesday that there are no major protests scheduled thus far, but that the city is prepared for anything.

“We do not have a specific or credible threat of any kind of violence or unrest at this point,” he said. “We’ll be ready for any eventuality, but there’s nothing specifically showing up at this moment that causes alarm.”

While there may not be anything planned, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) advised business owners in Manhattan to prepare for potential demonstrations.

Several news outlets reported that the NYPD sent a letter to business leaders in Manhattan asking they move or secure sidewalk chairs, tables, planters and trash bins ahead of Election Day.

Many storefronts in Manhattan were boarded up over the weekend in fear of looting amid potential unrest following the results of the election. Looters took advantage of protests against police brutality over the summer and ransacked several high end stores in the borough.

De Blasio said the city will respect New Yorkers’ right to protest, but urged people to remain peaceful.

“If there is going to be protests, as always, it needs to be peaceful,” he said. “Peaceful protests will always be respected and facilitated, but we will not allow any violence.”

He also asked those who do protest to report anyone who incites violence and tries to hijack peaceful protests.

“If you see anyone suggesting violence or starting to act in a violent manner, move away from them, separate from them, report them.”

New York City isn’t the only city preparing for demonstrations. Businesses across the country have been boarding up their storefronts for fear of turmoil stemming from the presidential election results.

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John

This clown telling me there is no threat makes me want to board up my 10th floor windows! How many more years are we stuck with this imbecile?

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The Titanic's mostly successful maiden voyage

Fear not, there will be “mostly peaceful” protests. You know, the kind with with looting, vandalism and arson courtesy of those fine, upstanding citizens and members of Antifa, BLM and other assorted, unaffiliated, attention-seeking nutjobs on the Left.

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How can the right hate education

When the right believes in hard work and paying your own way?

You need education to do that.

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Mac

You need to be uneducated and undereducated to believe in failed policies like low wages benefit employees or a society that uses a consumer driven market economy. You need to be uneducated or undereducated to believe the conspiracy theories put out by the right and their lies about everyone looking for handouts and their silly narcissistic self righteous claim to the American work ethic and self reliance. The more educated you are the harder it is to lie to you. Fact! That is why the right wing has actually proposed bills to out law the teaching of critical thought in schools. You’re horribly misinformed and spreading misinformation because you actually believe you’re fooling somebody.

Trump redistributed taxpayer wealth to give everyone free money

Trump gave a handout to everyone, your taxes paid for it

Does that count as paying “your” own way? Sad!

Crybaby Conservatism

Trump has never done anything on the up and up or straight and narrow. Expect a stunt.

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Black olives matter

No doubt if dumblazio’s buddies in antifa cause trouble, he’ll make an excuse for them.

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