The Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party got some unexpected visitors at the Minnesota State Fair: protesters demonstrating against the controversial Line 3 oil pipeline.
The protesters, who refer to themselves as water protectors, showed up on Friday and blocked access to the DFL's State Fair booth by sitting in its entrance:
They proceeded to chant "Stop Line 3" and sing protest songs while booth workers and fairgoers looked on.
On the same day, the group that's been demonstrating against Line 3 outside the state capitol for several days was confronted by a large contingent of state troopers, resulting in multiple arrests.
Activists are demanding both Gov. Tim Walz (D) and President Joe Biden put a stop to the pipeline project, arguing that it violates existing treaties with indigenous groups and poses a threat to Minnesota's wetlands and wild rice beds.
There are also concerns that Line 3, which would replace a long stretch of pipeline that carries Canadian crude oil through northern Minnesota to Wisconsin, would contribute to the worsening climate crisis.
The Resist Line 3 group on Friday took particular aim at Walz, who affirmed his support for the project this week.
Per KTOE radio, Walz said that while he supports moving away from fossil fuels, "in the meantime if we’re gonna transport oil, we need to do it as safely as we possibly can with the most modern equipment, and my job was to make sure that that’s what was happening on this.”