Asheville residents clean after Monday night protests turn violent

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ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) — Cleaning up the mess left over by Monday night’s protests in Asheville was time consuming for many residents Tuesday.

The protests, which started peacefully, turned violent shortly before 11 p.m. Monday.

You can watch the clash between police and protesters here.

WARNING: Videos may contain strong language.

Today, crews of volunteers scrubbed graffiti from many of downtown Asheville’s walls.

It is hot work, they say.

“I care about my city,” said Tre McGahee, 16. “The stuff that’s going on, this isn’t a proper way to do it.”

Crews working to clean off the spray paint told 7News response to their volunteer efforts were mostly praise.

Still though, they said others criticized the volunteers for removing the spray paint.

A state of emergency was issued in Asheville and residents will be under a curfew beginning at 8:00 p.m.

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