Officials are poised for a heavy night, as Gov. Tim Walz once again pleads with residents and protesters to stay home starting at 8 p.m. so law enforcement and the Minnesota National Guard can weed out those who are being destructive and the peaceful protesters.
Walz said those causing destruction “are domestic terrorists,” and although he didn’t offer details about the tactics, he warned anyone seen past 8 p.m. would be considered as such.
“I’m asking each and every Minnesotan to be clear about this: These are not our neighbors. Stay off the roads. Stay at home tonight so we can remove the folks and restore order to our streets,” Walz said.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city has plans to prevent the looting as much as possible, but life has to come first. So the first thing business owners need to be doing tonight, instead of fleeing to their businesses, is staying home.
After the 8 p.m. curfew, no one may travel on Minneapolis and St. Paul streets or public places, except for first responders, members of the media, people going back and forth to work, individuals seeking emergency care or fleeing danger and people experiencing homelessness, according to a state press release.
Tonight, Walz said there will be airborne surveillance and 35 jurisdictions at the ready.
If you’re on the streets past 8:00, you’re part of what’s going on, it’s not going to be tolerated. Whether they’re from Minnesota or not, they’re not sharing these values.
Walz wouldn’t offer details about national guard presence but said if you’re out past 8 p.m., we’re going to assume you’re part of the destruction.