Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Wednesday prior to the one-year anniversary of the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
The announcement comes as another “Unite the Right” rally is planned for Sunday in Washington, D.C. However, there are also events planned in Charlottesville, where the deadly protest occurred in August 2017. Northam believes declaring a state of emergency before the anniversary will keep people safe and prevent violence.
“I am urging Virginians to make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate, should those arise,” Northam said in a statement. “Declaring this state of emergency in advance of the anniversary and the related planned events will help us ensure that the state and the city have all available resources to support emergency responders in case they are needed.” (RELATED: Brutal Examples Of Violence That Occurred By Both Sides In Charlottesville [VIDEO])
The state of emergency announcement means $2 million will be allocated to a variety of state agencies for help as well as assistance from the Virginia National Guard.
Thousands are expected at Sunday’s rally in Washington, D.C.
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