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Protesters march on I-94, through St. Paul

KSTP
Updated: July 01, 2020 09:14 PM
Created: July 01, 2020 06:50 PM

Wednesday night, protesters marched onto Interstate 94 in St. Paul.

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Police were seen blocking the entrance ramps to I-94 near Marion Street shortly before 6:30 p.m. Shortly before 7 p.m., the group was in the westbound lanes near Dale Street. The group slowly moved toward Lexington but stayed on the interstate for well over an hour.

— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) July 1, 2020

Traffic was stopped.

One protester told KSTP reporter Tom Hauser they were telling the U.S. government to stop letting fake leaders run Ethiopia after a popular musician was reportedly killed Wednesday morning.

After 8 p.m., the group moved off the interstate and onto nearby streets. By 9 p.m., the group was near Dale Street and University Avenue.

Many protesters told a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS crew that they're upset over the death of popular musician Hachalu Hundessa, known for songs against the prime minister. Protesters said the Ethiopian government has detained many people, dozens have been killed, the internet was shut down in the country and journalists are being jailed.

They're calling for the U.S. government to put pressure on the Ethiopian government.


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