State of emergency declared in Va. in response to white nationalist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia governor declared a state of emergency in response to violent clashes stemming from a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

A tweet was sent from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s account about the declaration Saturday morning.

Reports say one person is dead and 19 are injured after a car crashed into a group of protesters. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Stigner tweeted about the death.

In a statement, McAuliffe says Virginia State Police requested a state of emergency at 11:28 a.m.

“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,” McAuliffe said in the statement.

WTOP’s Reem Nadeem contributed to this report.

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