After receiving “credible intelligence” from Virginia law enforcement agencies of threats of violence surrounding a demonstration planned for January 20, Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in Richmond, effective Thursday to next Tuesday.
The governor explained, stating the threats included “extremist rhetoric” comparable to what was seen before in major incidents such as Charlottesville in 2017.
“This intelligence suggests militia groups and hate groups, some from out of state, plan to come to the Capitol to disrupt our democratic process with acts of violence.” Gov. Northam stated.
He said the state of emergency includes a ban on weapons of any kind in Capitol Square.
“We support citizens’ rights to peacefully protest and express their views to their elected officials. But we must also keep the public, as well as those who work around Capitol Square, safe.”
Northam’s emergency declaration is temporary and stretches from Friday, January 17 at 5:00 PM until Tuesday, January 21 at 5:00 PM.