Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) activated the National Guard on Wednesday to protect state buildings amid unrest in the capital of Madison on Wednesday. 

“The protests in Madison last night resulted in serious injury to bystanders as well as significant damage to state property,” Evers said in a Wednesday statement. “The Wisconsin National Guard will serve in a limited authorization meant to make sure people can exercise their First Amendment rights while ensuring the safety of members of the public and state buildings and infrastructure.”

Demonstrators on Tuesday night toppled two statues outside of the Capitol, one depicting the fictional “Lady Forward” and another targeting anti-slavery activist Hans Christian Heg. Photos showed the Heg statue removed from its base and dumped in a nearby body of water.

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