Black Lives Matter and Antifa Vow to Target Super Bowl LII
On Monday, banners were dropped by members of Black Lives Matter and Antifa during the Super Bowl LII’s media event warning that “#WeReadyWeComin.”
As the two large banners were dropped inside, hundreds of leftist protesters marched in the streets and blocked traffic surrounding the event at the Xcel Energy Center. Many of the demonstrators have formed an Antifa-aligned group calling themselves the “Super Bowl Anti-Racist Anti-Corporate Coalition.”
According to their Facebook page, the group is planning to hold protests every day leading up to the main event. “Their plans will culminate on Sunday, February 4, with a 3pm rally at Peavey Park (Franklin & Chicago Ave), followed by a march to US Bank Stadium,” the page states.
“The banner drop and rally/march marks the first day of the week of protests surrounding SB52. The Super Bowl brings with it a SEAR-I designation, which has resulted in the Minnesota’s largest security operation in the history of the state,” the anarchist website Unicorn Riot reports.
The National Guard, multiple federal agencies, and law enforcement from across the nation have been in Minneapolis since the 26th in preparation for the sporting event.
Humvees operated by the Minnesota National Guard provide traffic control in a slew of intersections for Super Bowl Live fan activities, which stretch 6 blocks down Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. The Department of Homeland Security has designated Super Bowl LII (52) a SEAR-I event, which means extra security from federal, state, and local agencies are being provided during 10 days of Super Bowl events in Minneapolis. Stay tuned for coverage throughout the next week from events (including protests) surrounding Super Bowl LII. The video in this posting is from 9th St. passing Nicollet Mall. Follow us on Twitter and check out a Tweet Thread starting with this video and featuring media on security fencing, heavily armed sheriffs, national guard, and more: https://twitter.com/UR_Ninja/status/957439619787907072Help Support Our Work: https://www.unicornriot.ninja/support-our-work/
Posted by Unicorn Riot on Saturday, January 27, 2018
“This is not about being anti-football, it is anti-corporatization,” one of the Black Lives Matter protest organizers recently said on the Edge of Sports podcast.
Groups planning to protest the Super Bowl include AFSCME Local 2822, AFSCME 3800, American Indian Movement, Anti-War Committee, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), Filipinx for Immigrant rights and Racial Justice in Minnesota – FIRM, Freedom Road Socialist Organization – Twin Cities, MIRAC – Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, Minnesota Neighbors for Justice, Native Lives Matter, Rise Up Times, Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota, SURJ MN: Showing Up for Racial Justice – Minnesota, Take A Knee Nation, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, and Women Against Military Madness (WAMM).
Many of the groups held a joint “training event” on January 27 to prepare for the protests.
Nearly 3,000 people have expressed interest in protesting on the Facebook event page.