After the ruling in the Derek Chauvin trial, in which the former Minneapolis Police officer was convicted on all counts in association with the death of George Floyd, activists decided to go to the area in Minneapolis where Floyd died and build a memorial.
Eventually, this shrine grew into something much larger. A whole intersection in Minneapolis at 38th St. and Chicago Ave. was closed off and turned into a pilgrimage site for left-wing activists. Police were not allowed to enter the intersection, and it was dubbed “George Floyd Square.”
Activists Won’t Allow Life to Return to Normal
On Tuesday, June 8, Minneapolis City workers showed up to George Floyd Square to attempt, once again, to remove the barricades that protestors had placed there.
The area had become exceptionally filthy for the period that it has been closed off, which garbage of all kinds having been strewn copiously along the streets.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Crews moved in with front-end loaders and brooms just before 5 a.m. to move ‘debris and trash piles’ out of the way, said city representatives.”
Though the city workers did not initially interfere with any of the memorial objects that had been placed there, activists nevertheless began to obstruct their efforts to reopen the area to the public and restore social order there. Protestors emerged and clogged up streets in the area. By 5 p.m., traffic flow had still not yet returned to normal.
Seeing this, Minneapolis city workers began to intervene more heavily. At this point, work crews had begun removing bits of the memorials that had been placed at the intersection. However, protestors remained stubborn, parking their cars in the streets and piling up pallets.
As might be imagined, some business owners in the area have been sick of the chaos and disruption. For example, Ivy Alexander, owner of the Smoke Pit barbecue restaurant, had this to say: “I’m upset because people who are not a part of this community just came in and decided what we wanted to have here. I didn’t get to make a nonprofit. I don’t get donations. I haven’t been getting money hand over fist. If you’re fighting for the community… you wouldn’t be holding down this block where all these businesses are…”