As we reported a few weeks ago on Democracy Now!, activists from Earth First and the American Indian Movement have joined with residents in a Minneapolis neighborhood to fight the construction of a highway to the Mall of America, the largest mall in the U.S. Yesterday, the neighborhood was raided by the Minnesota state troopers and city police.
Seven of those arrested yesterday were released early this morning. According to the activists several protesters sustained injuries from the beatings, including broken bones. Bulldozers were also sent to the neighborhood, where they proceeded to destroy water and gas pipes, which will make it difficult for protesters to endure the coming winter. Four of the protesters have initiated a hunger strike in protest of the raid.
- Solstice, one of the activists occupying the neighborhood in Minneapolis and eye witness to the police raid.