As many as 75,000 "agitators" could be targeting the Minneapolis-St. Paul area Saturday night, according to a letter from the mayor of Hudson, Wisconsin, Rich O'Connor.
O'Conner wrote the letter to Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, calling it a "dire situation" and imploring Evers to send help via the Wisconsin National Guard.
The letter cites the Minnesota Fusion Center – part of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – alerting Minnesota authorities that "70,000 to 75,000 agitators are traveling today from locations such as Kansas City, Chicago, Ohio and other parts of the country to the Twin Cities. "
O'Connor adds that "it is very likely a number of these agitators will be stopping in our community on their way to Minneapolis" while the leaders are directing said agitators to "instigate unrest in surrounding areas."
Minnesota authorities have not confirmed the report of 70,000 to 75,000 people headed for the Twin Cities, but the response from state leaders to deploy upwards of 2,500 soldiers and airmen of the National Guard to join forces in the response with the State Patrol and local and county authorities.
An 8 p.m. curfew in Minneapolis has set in and law enforcement has begun using force to disperse crowds that remain throughout the city.