Minnesota Governor Walz, Local Faith Leaders Plead with Protesters to Stay Home Tonight

RADIO.COM Staff
May 30, 2020 - 2:51 pm

Photo credit Entercom/Sloane Martin

Several local leaders called on protesters to abide by the city’s 8 p.m. curfew to quell tensions and separate the “good people from the bad people” following another long night of fires, rioting and destruction that lasted until early Saturday morning. 

The local state, community and religious leaders said there are agitators out there who are intentionally destroying the community to detract the focus away from the righteous protests that came in the wake of George Floyd’s May 25 death. They said those who were arrested last night were not Minnesota residents and do not have the same goals in mind. 

“It makes no sense for us not to protect our community; our assets,” Lul Osman, a local activist with the Brave Foundation, said, pleading with protesters to head home by 8 p.m. tonight. “We cannot watch our brothers be murdered, and then watch our communities be demolished, and then have people trying to blame us.”

State Attorney General Keith Ellison said the aims of the protesters are “righteous and good,” but added some “evil elements are literally infusing themselves” into the situation. 

“We know you’re brave; we know you’re strong,” Ellison told the protesters. “But we need to be able to stop the burning and riots and destruction.” 

Stopping the burning and destruction will require protesters to allow the national guard to take the streets tonight, Ellison said. President Trump also told military police units to prepare for deployment to Minneapolis if the situation escalates tonight.

“We’ve destroyed landmarks of some of the nation’s largest indigenous communities. We’ve destroyed black-owned businesses,” Walz said of the arsonists and looters. “They are not us. They do not share our values.” 

The leaders also took time to praise those in the community who have stepped up to clean up the wreckage and donate food after evenings full of destruction. “This is our Minnesota,” Walz said. “And there is work to do. Go home tonight. Stay off the streets.”

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