12 arrests during Trump protest in Richmond; statues damaged

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WWBT/WRIC) — Authorities say at least 12 people were arrested as hundreds marched through Richmond to protest the election of Donald Trump.

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night, blocking streets near Virginia Commonwealth University. Online video showed marchers chanting “No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA” and carrying banners reading “Not my president.”

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Police say troopers responded to Interstate 95 around 10 p.m. and guided a large group of protesters off the highway.

More than an hour later, troopers were called to the Downtown Expressway, where protesters sat in travel lanes and many refused to leave. Around midnight, troopers arrested 10 people and charged them with unlawful assembly and being pedestrians on an interstate.

The Richmond Police Department says it arrested two people who face the same charges.

Police say three statues of Confederate leaders along the city’s Monument Avenue were vandalized, and the Republican Party of Virginia says protesters vandalized its headquarters.

WWBT-TV reports that windows were smashed in Republican headquarters downtown.

In Tuesday’s presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated Trump in Virginia. Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, is a former mayor of Richmond.