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Crews wash away graffiti from the grounds of the Utah State Capitol Building on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Garna Mejia, KSL TV)
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Gov. Declares State Of Emergency; Closes State Capitol To Public

Crews wash away graffiti from the grounds of the Utah State Capitol Building on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Garna Mejia, KSL TV)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Governor Gary Herbert has declared a state of emergency and ordered the Utah State Capitol Building in response to a protest turned that turned violent in downtown Salt Lake City.

“In close consultation with the Utah Department of Public Safety, Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an Executive Order this evening declaring a State of Emergency due to civil unrest,” the order stated.

During Saturday’s protest, windows were broken out at the Salt Lake City and County building, TRAX stations and other buildings.

Surrounding buildings were sprayed with paint and two cars were set on fire. One of those was a patrol car from the Salt Lake City Police Department. The other was owned by a man who was seen on video brandishing a bow and arrow and threatening protesters.

Several dozen protesters were arrested, and 21 officers were treated for injuries.

Demonstrators also made their way to the Capitol building. Graffiti was left on the building and the surrounding grounds.

Authorities were on alert as more protests were planned for Monday.

A news release from the Governor’s Office said the order will temporarily close the State Capitol Complex to the public. The closure will be in effect until midnight, June 6.

Official state business will continue at the Capitol building during the closure, according to the release.

The Executive Order was posted online.

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