Protestors Chant For Northam’s Resignation Outside State Capitol: ‘We Got the Guillotine, You Better Run!’
A group of environmental and racial justice advocates staged a protest Virginia Governor Ralph Northam‘s (D) office at around noon Monday, calling for his resignation over a controversial blackface photo from his medical school yearbook page.
“We got the guillotine, you better run!” Protesters chanted to drums and tambourines, holding signs demanding Northam to resign. Other chants included phrases such as “No cops! No KKK! No fascist RVA!” and “We want a resignation!”
The protesters were eventually met by police in an apparent standoff, per Virginia Mercury reporter Ned Oliver, as the cops locked the gates surrounding Northam’s office and requested asked for permits for the protesters to be standing there.
Now there's a mini-standoff at the gate. A small group put down their signs and asked to be let in. Police are saying they need a permit pic.twitter.com/LYFeXLsTTV
— Ned Oliver (@nedoliver) February 18, 2019
The protesters accused the cops of “protecting and serving white supremacists” by not allowing them onto the public property outside the Democratic Governor’s office.
— Blacklivesmatter757 (@BLM757) February 18, 2019
“It’s President’s Day, it’s Black History Month… and we’re being denied access to a public space, which is an infringement of our rights,” one protester told a cop, who responded that he has called for backup, but did not specify what kind of backup. “Sounds like a lie,” the protesters clapped back.
The protesters were still standing in front of the Capitol Square gates at the time this article was published.
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