MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police on Sunday arrested a bunch of activists who locked themselves alongside a light-rail line sporting Super Bowl ticketholders to U.S. Bank Stadium, shutting down trains for greater than two hours.
Live photos from the scene confirmed officials unlocking or chopping via locks the protesters had used to chain themselves to one another and to fencing on the West Bank Station on Metro Transit’s Green Line. The handcuffed protesters have been loaded onto a ready bus.
Metro Transit used buses to ferry passengers across the blockage, and spokesman Howie Padilla mentioned the company was once assured spectators would achieve the sport ahead of kickoff. The shutdown began about 2:15 p.m., and the forestall was once in the end cleared about two hours later. It wasn’t right away clear when trains would resume.
Chinyere Tutashinda, a spokeswoman for the activists, mentioned they have been protesting police brutality, in addition to the light-rail traces being put aside only for Super Bowl ticketholders on Sunday. Non-ticketholders had to make use of buses as an alternative.
The Green and Blue traces have been a big path for plenty of enthusiasts to get to Sunday’s recreation, with safety screening executed ahead of passengers boarded.
The light-rail shutdown got here as Black Lives Matter and several other different teams staged rallies and a march Sunday to protest police brutality and company greed. About 300 other people amassed at a park a few miles south of the stadium, and deliberate a march that may have them arrive on the stadium near five p.m.