Protesters Have ‘Guillotine’ for Ralph Northam, Demand He Resign After Blackface Photo
Jessica Kwong, Newsweek, February 19, 2019
Calls for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign continued on Presidents Day afternoon, with environmental and racial justice advocates protesting outside his office and shouting, “We got the guillotine, you better run!” among other chants.
Along with the guillotine chant, protesters also yelled, “We want resignation!” and “No cops! No KKK! No fascist RVA!”
Police on Monday locked down Capitol Square and shut the gates and stated the protesters needed a permit, leading to a small standoff, according to Virginia Mercury reporter Ned Oliver. The reporter also tweeted a photo of a fountain that was dyed red and stated that a protester was arrested for the action.
Protesters were caught on video stating they should be allowed in the public property outside Northam’s office and accused police of “protecting and serving white supremacists.”
March organizer Rebbecca Keel said they demanded that Northam present a resignation letter by Tuesday.