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Walz activates National Guard to assist with Fargo demonstrations

The National Guard will activate in Clay County and surrounding areas.
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Gov. Tim Walz will activate the National Guard in Clay County, citing possible violence during demonstrations in the Fargo, North Dakota area.

According to Walz’s office, local law enforcement requested the action and are aware of credible threats of violence during upcoming demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Walz called for full mobilization of the National Guard last week for demonstrations in the Twin Cities, sending in almost 11,000 troops.

“The Minnesota National Guard stands ready to provide protections to all Minnesotans," Walz said in a statement. “While Minnesotans turn their attention to rebuilding our communities and reexamining racial inequalities, our administration is committed to providing protection for neighbors, businesses, and families in order for those meaningful conversations to happen.”

A peaceful demonstration in Fargo took place Saturday, but things turned more violent later in the day, according to the Star Tribune.

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Police used tear gas on demonstrators, who threw bottles of water and rocks at officers. Vehicles and buildings were also damaged.

In response, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum declared a executive order Saturday that allowed the state's National Guard to assist law enforcement.

According to Forum News, local organizers have a peaceful demonstration outside of Fargo City Hall Friday. 

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