Updated: Sep 18, 2019
Mayor Jacob Frey and Council Member Abdi Warsame left shortly after arriving.
Opponents of the proposed market chanted "We are not for sale" and "people over profits" on Friday night.
A meeting to gather feedback about a proposed African market in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis ended abruptly Friday evening when protesters took over the microphone and chanted to stop the project.
The chaotic scene unfolded inside the gym of the Brian Coyle Community Center, with a large group of demonstrators opposed to the public market hoisting signs and demanding to end the meeting. Mayor Jacob Frey and Council Member Abdi Warsame, who represents the neighborhood and envisioned the market years ago, were surrounded by the protesters and exited the center shortly after arriving.
In June, Warsame and Frey announced that the “Africa Village” concept would be built on a city-owned parking lot near the intersection of S. 4th Street and Cedar Avenue. The mall would house small businesses and would include housing, offices, a clinic and youth programming, according to city planners.
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