- Aug 12
Virginia state of emergency declared after alt-right rally
Steve Helber / AP
White nationalists protested last night and continued this morning at the University of Virginia. They're protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park. After things turned violent this morning (protestors and counter protestors clashed), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.
What that means: Local officials can request more resources from the government to help them regain control of the protest in Virginia.
Update: A car plowed into a crowd of protestors this afternoon, AP reported. Various videos and images from the scene posted online showed ambulances rushing to the scene and injured protestors being carried away on stretchers.