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Demonstrators interrupt Hodges, Ellison and Franken during MinnRoast 2016

On the afternoon of Friday, April 15, the organization Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar Clark issued a press release announcing a rally that would begin at the Hennepin County Government Center and end at the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, the site of MinnRoast 2016. Their demand: “Prosecution of Mpls Police Mark Ringgenberg & Dustin Schwarze by any means (county, state) necessary.”

That evening, demonstrators held signs and chanted outside the theater on Hennepin Avenue, and briefly entered the common area between the State Theatre lobby and the entrance to Rock Bottom Brewery, where the MinnRoast preshow reception was being held.

During the show performances of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Rep. Keith Ellison and Sen. Al Franken, three different groups of demonstrators blasted air horns and shouted remarks to the politicians, before each group was escorted out by police.

Below is a clip of the demonstrations and responses by Mayor Hodges and Sen. Franken. Rep. Ellison was singing and playing the guitar, and did not respond directly to the demonstrators. 

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 04/21/2016 - 11:19 am.

    Where’s Ellison?

    Why no clip of Ellison’s response?

  2. Submitted by Pat Terry on 04/22/2016 - 12:06 am.


    I was really impressed with the Mayor’s reaction here. And I think she is entilted to joke about her husband letting protesters in when she wasn’t home. Franken was good too. And if Ellison just ignored them and kept playing, maybe that was the best reaction.

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