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Virginia governor declares state of emergency in Charlottesville on anniversary of deadly rallies

Posted at 2:45 PM, Aug 08, 2018

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville this weekend as the city braces for demonstrations on the one-year anniversary of deadly white supremacist rallies.

While the group who organized last year's "Unite The Right" rally will be marching in Washington, DC this weekend, the city of Charlottesville is bracing for large crowds according to the city website.

Violence broke out at the first "Unite The Right" on Aug. 11 and 12 last year in Charlottesville as white supremacists and counter-protests clashed. One counter-protester was killed when a white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd. Nineteen others were injured.

Two state troopers later died in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville.

More on this as it develops.