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Virginia Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Deadly Charlottesville Rally Anniversary

The governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency ahead of the one year anniversary of the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Gov. Ralph Northam has also called on residents “make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate.”

In his words of caution, Northam likewise spoke of those who lost their lives last year and expressed his hope peace would prevail, saying, according to ABC, “Virginia continues to mourn the three Virginians who lost their lives in the course of the demonstrations a year ago. We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully.”

Multiple events have been planned in the city this coming weekend. Charlottesville authorities have declared a state of emergency in the city as well in an effort to keep the community safe.

Just last year, Heather Heyer was killed after a car plowed into a group of protesters who had come to show their opposition to the alt-right rally. Brawls and other violence also led to numerous arrests. The rally, which descended into chaos and a parade of alt-righters carrying tiki torches, had been sparked by those opposed to the removal of a Confederate statue from a local park.

The rally also became part of the national conversation when President Donald Trump issued a statement condemning violence “on many sides.”

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