Aug 12, 2017

Virginia state of emergency declared after alt-right rally

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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.

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