MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Dozens of Somalis in the Twin Cities are being joined by members of the area’s Latino community to protest their inability to transfer money back home to their loved ones.
A group of protestors gathered at the Wells Fargo Bank at 6th and Marquette in Mineapolis, threatening to close their accounts due to the bank’s alleged failure to restart money transfers to their families back home.
Ibrahim Nsur of Minneapolis said he was part of the delegation trying to solve the problem earlier this year, but he was treated with disrespect by bank executives.
“When they sat down with us, they told us they are not interested in doing this business,” said Nsur. “They did not tell us the real reason.”
However, Wells Fargo regional spokesperson Peggy Gunn says the decision to stop transfers to Somali is due to U.S. Federal Government regulations, and that this had been explained to their customers.
Gunn, who did not wish to be recorded, told WCCO Radio the bank remains active and supportive in the Somali community.
Ibrahim said he does not see any willingness by the bank to help them.
“We sat down with them,” said Nsur. “They were disrespectful to us, and kept ignoring us.”
He also said negotiations have begun with U.S. Bank, which he claims is more eager to find a solution for its Somali customers.