George Floyd Sq was a trending topic on social media on Thursday as reports came in that the location of where George Floyd was arrested had been turned into a permanent vigil, and citizens were starting the healing process of removing barricades to move on to a restored road for vehicle traffic.
“We are going to prove that Black Lives Matter to us and reopen this area. We talked to the community, we asked what was needed. We worked with the city and they listened to us. This is a healing space,” the spokesman of the Agape Movement said on Thursday.
“The men of this community have decided and we need Black men to communicate with each other and support each other. I want the sq open now, because we need to come together. I ask people to change their lifestyle,” an Agape Movement activist said.
But the radical left was not happy, according to posts from the BLM and Antifa.
Now that Black Lives Matter are no longer politically available as a tool for those in power they are taking down George Floyd square. Showing their support was only ever a opportunistic ploy https://t.co/EIXLxwSzCl
— inhumans of late capitalism ☭ Ⓐ (@Inhumansoflate1) June 3, 2021
CITIZENS PUT IT UP- CITIZENS TAKE IT DOWN
Local MN news reported on May 26:
City leaders in Minneapolis still have not unified around a plan for the future of George Floyd Square, almost a year after citizens in the area closed the intersection.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS found many of the city’s elected officials do not even want to comment on this issue, despite repeated calls to reopen the streets.
Community members put up barricades to block off 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis several days after George Floyd was killed in May 2020. Memorials started going up almost immediately outside Cup Foods and at the center of the intersection.
But the mayor, police chief and nearby business owners have pushed to reopen the streets, citing concerns over access and public safety. It has become a sensitive and contentious issue, sparking heated debate within the community and among city leaders.
CITIZENS TAKE IT DOWN
On June 3rd the same news organization reported that a group of citizens were taking the barrier down:
People remain at George Floyd Square after community-led group, city workers remove barriers
Crews were at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis early Thursday working to reopen the intersection to allow traffic to move through the area once more.
The intersection, informally known as George Floyd Square, has been the site of a memorial for Floyd since his death at that location more than a year ago. It had been closed to traffic since, and some city officials and community members pushed to reopen the streets due to concerns over access and public safety.
KSTP’s Ashley Zilka, who is at the scene, reported dozens of city crew members were in the area. Zilka reported Bobcat equipment and attachments were in the area and could be seen moving concrete barriers, among other items.
Barricades were removed by about 7:30 a.m., roughly three hours after the process began.
Thursday, Zilka spoke with a member of the group Agape Movement, described as a community security force in the area, who said barricades were being removed for security reasons as well as to promote healing in the community.
The group member also said the memorial items in the area, such as the first sculpture and flowers, will remain.
Agape Movement is expected to hold a news conference at some point Thursday.
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A city of Minneapolis spokesperson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the effort Thursday was a community-led reconnection process, led by Agape Movement.
The spokesperson said city employees supported the effort Thursday to move the barricades and to work on installing a roundabout around the memorial items.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776