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Students protest Thursday at UVA for Martese Johnson

Students took to the streets for the second straight day on Thursday in response to the arrest of Martese Johnson by agents from Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control. (Source: NBC12) Students took to the streets for the second straight day on Thursday in response to the arrest of Martese Johnson by agents from Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control. (Source: NBC12)
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Students took to the streets for the second straight day on Thursday in response to the arrest of Martese Johnson by agents from Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control.

Organizers rallied around noon outside an African-American Studies class on the campus, then took to the Grounds with signs and chants.

"In the same way we took the libraries a few months ago, we will make our voices heard all over Grounds, but in the daytime when our voices are not lost in the silence of closed shops and dark streets," read a release from the group. "If classes were dedicated to talking about the tragedy of Hannah Graham's disappearance, we believe the same attention should be given when a black student is brutalized."

The group asked activists to use the hashtag #BlackUVaDemands on Twitter to continue the conversation throughout the day. Their stated goal is "collaborating on our demands to UVa administration, the Charlottesville Police" and others. 

The group hopes to plan more action going forward.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking for an investigation conducted by Virginia State Police into the arrest. The ABC released a statement late Wednesday confirming the incident and saying the special agents involved are on administrative duties pending the investigation.

A photo and video circulating on social media appears to show Johnson bloodied with an officer standing over him.

WATCH: YouTube video of ABC arrest from the Cavalier Daily (explicit language): https://youtu.be/0faIzE0TSJA

Johnson, who is under the legal drinking age, was turned away from the Trinity Irish Pub, the Cavalier Daily reports. Around 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning he was arrested by Virginia ABC special agents WHO were monitoring bars for St. Patrick's Day. They arrested Johnson on charges of obstructing justice and public intoxication according to the ABC.

"A determination was made by the agents to further detain the individual based on their observations and further questioning. In the course of an arrest being made, the arrested individual sustained injuries," an ABC statement reads. "The individual received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released."

READ: Statement from ABC on arrest [PDF]: http://shout.lt/Yzpb

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