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Downtown Austin businesses are boarding up their doors and windows in preparation for possible protests in response election results.


Boarded up businesses between 8th and 9th streets on Congress Avenue include 7-Eleven, the post office and Total Men's Primary Care, among others.

The Congress Avenue post office boarded up on Nov. 3. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

7-Eleven employee Lora Salinas said the buildings have been boarded up due to fear of rioting in the wake of the election, although the store hasn't experienced any issues with previous downtown protests.

"We are afraid this time around," Salinas said.

Salinas said the boards may stay up after Election Day, depending on how events pan out.

"(Building managers are) going to wait through the election night and see what tomorrow brings," Salinas said.

This is not unique to Austin as major cities like New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and more are seeing plywood popping up on streets.

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