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State of Emergency Declared in Charlottesville as US Far Right Protests Turn Violent State of Emergency Declared in Charlottesville as US Far Right Protests Turn Violent
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State of Emergency Declared in Charlottesville as US Far Right Protests Turn Violent

A planned protest in Virginia by white nationalists was abandoned on Saturday after a spate of violence prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency and law enforcement officers to clear the area.

The event is the largest gathering of far right activists in recent years, and focuses nominally on the city's decision to remove a statue of confederate general Robert E Lee from a park. 

Clashes between far right protesters, counter protesters and the police have led to several injuries so far. There have also been reports of several counter protesters being struck by a car. 

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