New York mayor Bill de Blasio said it is necessary to protect people’s right to peaceful protest and stop attempts to use violence.
New York City authorities are preparing for riots that may begin in the city after the general election scheduled for November 3 in the United States. The corresponding statement was made at a press conference by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. His speech was broadcast on the website of the city administration.
The mayor was asked whether the authorities and the New York Police Department’s leadership are preparing for the fact that riots and pogroms may begin on the streets of the city following the results of the elections. De Blasio noted that “discussions are underway” for such a scenario. “This work is carried out both in the Police Department and in the city Council<…>,” he stressed.
According to De Blasio, the city authorities expect that many people will want to “express their position on the streets.” “We must protect their right to peaceful protest <…>, but we will not tolerate attempts to use violence; it must be stopped,” the mayor said.
Earlier on Tuesday, one of the Deputy heads of law enforcement agencies of the metropolis, Terry Monaghan, announced that the New York Police Department will mobilize hundreds of additional employees from October 26 to prevent possible incidents at polling stations and in public places in the run-up to the election. Monaghan stressed that the police do not expect any specific threats to voters’ safety in New York in the remaining two weeks, but recalled that the upcoming elections cause sharp disputes and controversy within the country.
On Tuesday on Fox News, US President Donald Trump urged Americans not to fear an outbreak of protests and violence if he is re-elected for a second term. The head of the White House assured that law and order in the country would be ensured.