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NM leaders respond to violence in Virginia

David Lynch
August 12, 2017 10:53 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Following a far right protest-turned-clash with anti-protesters on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, several New Mexico leaders made their stances known on social media and elsewhere.

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The echoed sentiment: hatred won’t be tolerated.

Gov. Susana Martinez’s office sent out the following statement Saturday evening.

“I ask that New Mexicans join me in praying for Charlottesville and our nation – and condemning the white supremacists responsible for this cowardly attack. It is a disturbing reminder of the evil that exists in our world. However, I’m confident that what unites us as Americans is far stronger than any hateful forces that would try to tear us apart.”

Attorney General Hector Balderas also made his opinions known, saying “the First Amendment should not be weaponized to terrorize Americans and our condolences are with the Commonwealth of Virginia. New Mexicans stand united against hatred and bigotry.”

Other New Mexico politicians tweeted their responses to the situation in Virginia, which resulted in at least one person dead and many others in the hospital, according to reports.  

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David Lynch

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