Stores across country board up fearing election-related chaos

Stores across country board up fearing election-related chaos

The individuals will report to the DC Metropolitan Police.

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Authorities are planning to erect fencing around the White House in preparation for possible election protests, CNN reports. "The fence will then run up to H Street and across by Lafayette, and then come down 15th Street". The three spaces take up more than 28 hectares in total.

In addition to surrounding the 18-acre White House complex it will encompass the Ellipse and Lafayette Square and extend down 15th Street to Constitution Avenue and then over to 17th Street.

Bennett added, "250 National Guardsmen have been put on standby, reporting to Metro Police officials".

Similar scenes played out in some other major cities across the USA, with business owners fearing that Tuesday's election could lead to the sort of unrest that broke out earlier this year.

In anticipation of a protest that might ensue after the outcome of the coming United States (US) elections, the government of the nation is expected to build a massive fence around the White House.

President Donald Trump was criticised after failing, in his first presidential debate with Democratic opponent Joe Biden, to condemn far-right groups like the Proud Boys and telling them instead to "stand back and stand by". In Topeka, Kansas, on Saturday, police said a man shot three people he believed stole Trump signs from his lawn, according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

The results of the election, which are likely to come some time after Election Day due to an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots that will need to be counted nationwide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, come as the country has seen months of unrest.

The White House did not immediately respond to The Post's request for comment on the new fencing.

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