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BREAKING: Virginia Gov. declares state of emergency over violent ‘Alt-Right’ protests

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Saturday issued a state of emergency after a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville turned violent. McAuliffe on Friday ordered the National Guard to stand by as activists descend upon Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Confederate statue honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee.

“It is now clear that public safety cannot be safeguarded without additional powers, and that the mostly out-of-state protesters have come to Virginia to endanger our citizens and property,” McAuliffe said in a statement issued on Saturday. “I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours. The actions I have taken are intended to assist local government and restore public safety.”

The state of emergency was issued shortly before the rally was set to begin at noon on Saturday when violence erupted between “alt-right demonstrators, counter-protesters, white nationalists and supporters of Black Lives Matter,” USA Today reported. 

Fighting started as both groups headed into Emancipation Park, where the status is located. One side had anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter signs while the other side had Confederate flags and iron cross banners.

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