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Massive show of force shifted momentum on streets


Jerry Holt – Star Tribune

The Minnesota national guard prepare for a noon protest noon protest at the state capitol .

Thousands of Minnesota National Guard members and law enforcement officers from all over the state swarmed the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul as night fell Saturday, quelling some of the civil unrest that had destabilized the state's two largest cities for several days.

They were on foot and in police cruisers, military Humvees and helicopters, fanning out to try disperse crowds, to stop looting and violence before it began across both cities. They used tear gas, non-lethal weapons and handed out curfew violations instead of waiting to contain unrest.

By Sunday morning, Gov. Tim Walz was hailing a night of restored, if not fragile, order in the Twin Cities. Sunday into Monday and the subsequent nights loomed as an immediate test of whether that could hold, with huge crowds still out demonstrating and frequent tense flare-ups.


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