State of Emergency declared as protesters clash in Virgina

White nationalists march through the UVA campus

August 12, 2017 - 1:14 pm
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Latest on the white nationalist rally being held in Charlottesville: Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency in response to a white nationalist rally that is expected to draw up to 6,000 people.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said via his Twitter account on Saturday morning that the declaration was made in order "to aid state response to violence" at the rally in Charlottesville, about 100 miles outside of Washington, D.C.

It's the latest confrontation in the city since it voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.The city's manager also declared a local emergency and police ordered people to disperse from the area around the statue after several violent clashes broke out.

 

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