OccupyMN protestors are expecting more people to turn out in support of the movement on Tuesday, when the local chapter joins other occupiers across the nation in a May Day rally — and Minneapolis police are planning to boost their numbers as well.
The Minneapolis Police Department says there will be more officers with cameras at the ready just in case, but organizer Ben Egerman says he doubts they’ll encounter any problems.
“It’s a day for all of us to come together and fight together — and fight for the 99 percent,” Egerman said while spending May Day eve with fellow protestors inside a Minneapolis family’s foreclosed home.
Across the country, activists are planning to join labor and immigration groups in a massive day of action to call for change.
“We’re living in an unequal society, and it’s about time we come together and stand together and say, ‘Enough is enough,'” Egerman said.
The movement’s Twin Cities page on Facebook urges potential attendees to skip work and school to take back the power of the people.
“We’re not going to stop until we see change happening,” said Alejandra Cruz.
The group plans to gather at Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis to kick-off a day of activities starting at 10 a.m. — and they won’t be the only ones.
After several run-ins with protestors and law enforcement officers, police say they aren’t taking any chances. Without a clear idea of how big the rallies and demonstrations may become, the department plans to bring out more manpower — and more cameras — on the streets.
“We’re concerned,” Sgt. Steve McCarty said.
According to McCarty, the department is most concerned about property damage, blocking traffic and civil unrest.
After beginning the day at Loring Park, a march is expected to take place from the intersection of Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue down to Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis late in the afternoon.