MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Protesters demonstrating against racial inequality temporarily blocked a busy intersection Sunday afternoon outside the Minnesota State Fair.

The St. Paul Police Department says that protesters blocked the intersection of Snelling Avenue and Midway Parkway, which is on the east side of the fairgrounds. Dozens of protesters stood in a circle around the intersection, and shut down traffic for several minuses before moving south on Snelling.

The protest began at noon at Hamline Park in St. Paul. About an hour later, the protesters took to Snelling Avenue and marched to the fairgrounds. Many were carrying signs, including one that read: “MN State Ain’t Fair.”

Snelling Avenue was blocked off by authorities in both directions. St. Paul police urged fair-goers to take alternative routes.

The protest was organized by the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar. In a press release, the group demanded the creation of a police oversight council in Minneapolis that is made up entirely of civilians.

Following the rise of Black Lives Matter, there have been annual protests during the Minnesota State Fair, particularly in the wake of the police shooting deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile.

Comments (3)
  1. Progressives stand together this is progression

  2. blocking traffic isn’t “Peaceful assembly” — it’s just fascist media corporations giving free press to garbage academia and predatory student loan fraud.

  3. People are really getting tired of these acts. It is a criminal act to obstruct traffic. The St Paul Police Dept and their leaders are aiding these acts by failing to do their job. The castration of SPPD will lead to more crime. People were upset while stopped in traffic. Fair goers just turned around and went home. St Paul has no leadership. Many in stopped traffic were not aware why they were stopped. Three years of obstruction. Friends of Amy, Al, and Keith need to be arrested, prosecuted, and sent to jail.

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