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Video: Troopers make arrests after protesters block traffic on I-94 in Minneapolis

Nov 05, 2020 05:59AM ● By Editor

Watch the KMSP-TV Fox 9 News report here

A crowd estimated at 500 to 700 people representing different groups marches through Minneapolis on Nov 4 with messages ranging from climate justice to community policing demands to Black Lives Matter to abolishing ICE  Photo: Fox 9 News

By KMSP-TV Fox 9 News - November 4, 2020

Protesters have marched onto I-94 in Minneapolis as part of a rally Wednesday night, as the 2020 election for U.S. president remains undecided.

Hundreds of people have gathered for a protest that is underway in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Marchers have moved from 3rd Street and Cedar Avenue south onto the I-94 eastbound lanes. Police have shut down traffic headed in both directions.

At about 8:20 p.m., Minnesota State Patrol announced they were starting to make arrests on the highway. Troopers say it appears there are about 200 people on I-94.

The rally was announced on Monday and organizers said the demonstration would go on regardless of the results of the election.

Organizers said their grievances aren't necessarily with how the election turns out. But, rather, they say they are concerned with how both major parties often "actively participate in the suppression of the people’s voice."

Protesters have moved south on Cedar Avenue onto the eastbound lanes of I-94. (FOX 9)

“We are here to say we need real change in this society, and that change comes at the ballot box in part. But, it also comes from people standing up together as working-class folks and demanding justice in the streets,” said Cherrene Horazuk with AFSCME Local 3800.

“We understand that no matter what happens on November 3, we have a lot of work yet to do, and that will not stop,” said Misty Rowan with the Anti-war Committee.

Activists from several groups that fight for equality in the Twin Cities are set to participate in Wednesday's rally.

As of 6 p.m., projections from FOX News and the Associated Press had Joe Biden leading President Trump in electoral points after calling Wisconsin and Michigan for the former vice president.

However, President Trump's campaign has already called into question the results and ballot counting process in battleground states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennslyvania -- which remains undecided.

To watch the original report and see related stories, follow this link to the Fox 9 News website.