Protesters shut down transit lines ahead of Super Bowl

Metro Transit is laying on replacement buses to get fans to the game.
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5:20 p.m.

The SAAC march has made it to U.S. Bank Stadium.

4:25 p.m.

Police have moved in on protesters, removing them from the light rail tracks and making a handful of arrests, according to Unicorn Riot.

The removal process was made more difficult as some protesters had used bike locks to chain themselves to railings.

Meanwhile, the SAAC march is making its way towards U.S. Bank Stadium.

3:40 p.m.

Both sides of the Green Line light rail are blocked by protesters in Minneapolis just hours before the Super Bowl.

Members of Black Lives Matter, the Movement for Black Lives, BYP100, St. Louis Action Council and the BlackOUT Collective are protesting at the West Bank light rail station.

In a press release they say they are standing in solidarity with black athletes who have raised awareness of alleged police racism in recent years, as well as the decision to limit light rail use to only Super Bowl ticket holders on Sunday.

Metro Transit told KSTP that contingency plans are in place, with replacement buses running to ensure everyone gets to the game on time. 

MPR reports that police are planning to soon issue a dispersal order in an attempt to remove the protesters.

It's not clear if this shutdown is part of another protest march that's due to get underway at 4 p.m.

The Super Bowl Anti-Racist and Anti-Corporate Coalition (SAAC) intends to march from Peavey Park. 

They are protesting corporate greed and police brutality, and as of 3:30 p.m. they were at Chicago and Franklin in south Minneapolis as they prepare to march.

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