Riot-equipped police have made at least two dozen arrests after a massive rally in one of America’s largest shopping malls, where activists were protesting against racially charged police violence and interrupting the last pre-Christmas shopping weekend.
Up to 3,000 demonstrators occupied two levels of the Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minnesota on Saturday. They staged several “die-ins” in front of retail stores, holding up slogans such as “Black Lives Matter”
Some half hour into the rally, riot-equipped police started to clear the area the ground floor from further protests. As police moved to remove the activists, several of them raised their hands into the air, saying “Hands up, don’t shoot,” as a reference to the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri.
Most of the protesters migrated to other parts of the mall as police moved in.