Anti-Trump protesters close I-94


Minneapolis, MN 11/10/2016 Protesters blocking traffic on I-94. - Mark Wasson/MCTC Photo credit: Mark Wasson

Thousands of anti-Trump protestors blocked Interstate 94 in Minneapolis, MN for about an hour on Nov 11.

The protest, organized by Socialist Alternative MN and a collection of other groups, began their protest outside of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the University of Minnesota campus. The night started with passionate speakers and a crowd that was upset – not only with Donald Trump becoming the U.S. President-Elect – but a host of other issues according to the chants and signs used by the crowd, including women’s rights, LGBT rights and police brutality.

Eventually, the crowd moved to block the intersection of 3rd St and 19th Ave and continued to Franklin Ave while chanting and holding signs that ranged from, “Love trumps hate” to “Pussy grabs back”.

The Minneapolis, St. Paul and University of Minnesota police along with the Minnesota State Patrol blocked traffic so the group could move freely through the streets.

Officer Corey Schmidt, a Public Information Officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, said he was not aware of the group having a permit to protest but said, “[We’re] staying out here so their rights are protected.”

This was tested when the crowd reached an onramp to Interstate 94 and began flooding the Interstate, effectively blocking off all traffic. While this was an inconvenience for some motorists, many commuters honked and shouted support for the protest.

As the group traveled down the Interstate, law enforcement set up a road block behind the Cedar Ave exit hoping the protestors would exit there. A small unknown group shouted “We outnumber them,” and encouraged the crowd to charge the police line. Group organizers in yellow and orange vests urged the group to hold back and no one charged the police line.

While the protest was often angry, a common chant was “Fuck Trump,” it remained peaceful as no one was injured and no one was arrested. Even with the protest eventually coming within an arm’s reach of the police line, protest organizers urged the group to back away and not touch the police officers.

From about 8-9 p.m. the protesters stayed on the interstate, but eventually exited via Cedar Avenue after the group’s organizers encouraged the crowd to move back to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

This was the second night of protests in Minneapolis and nationwide over Trump becoming the U.S. President-Elect.

In response to the protests nationwide, Trump tweeted a condemnation of the protests: “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protestors, incited by the media, are protesting. Very Unfair!”

And then a tweet of support: “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”

The Minneapolis Police Department estimates more than 2,000 people attended the protest.

Minneapolis, MN 11/10/2016 Protesters moving onto I-94. - J.D. Duggan MCTC Photo credit: J.D. Duggan
Minneapolis, MN 11/10/2016 Protesters blocking traffic on I-94. - Mark Wasson/MCTC Photo credit: Mark Wasson
Minneapolis, MN 11/10/2016 Minnesota State Patrol, Minneapolis, St. Paul and University of Minnesota police create a road block on 1-94. Mark Wasson/MCTC Photo credit: Mark Wasson

Minneapolis, MN 11/10/2016 Protesters approach police line on I-94. - J.D. Duggan/MCTC Photo credit: J.D. Duggan
Minneapolis, MN 11/10/2016 A line of protesters form a line to protect the police. - J.D. Duggan/MCTC Photo credit: J.D. Duggan