By Karen Ruiz For Dailymail.com
Published: 01:05 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 01:05 GMT, 5 November 2020
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of New York City demanding every vote be counted after President Trump falsely claimed victory amid a cliffhanger presidential election and called for voting to stop.
Crowds of protesters began mobilizing in Manhattan's Fifth Avenue late Wednesday afternoon as part of several 'Protect the Results' demonstrations that kicked off in cities across the country.
City and state officials had been bracing for potential unrest ahead of Election Day, with local businesses and residential buildings boarding up their property amid fears of violence and riots spurred by a potential Trump victory.
On Tuesday night, scattered protests broke after voting ended, stretching from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, but there was no widespread unrest or significant violence.
Concerns about possible unrest were heightened on Wednesday however, after Trump falsely claimed victory in the early hours of the morning and made unsubstantiated allegations of electoral