Frey implements curfew, UMN students undeterred

Mayor Jacob Frey declared an emergency curfew on the day of a scheduled on-campus rally to the indifference of student organizers.

The West Bank light rail station sits empty after Metro Transit suspended service on Thursday, May 28.

Andy Kosier

The West Bank light rail station sits empty after Metro Transit suspended service on Thursday, May 28.

Jasmine Snow

In light of recent protests, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released emergency regulations Friday afternoon that included no-travel nighttime curfews this weekend.

The emergency regulations stated that from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday night, citizens are not allowed in public places — including streets, driveways and sidewalks — barring personnel authorized by the City, as well as those seeking care or fleeing dangerous circumstances and those experiencing homelessness. Car travel is also prohibited during the curfew.

The “authorized personnel” included all law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, members of the media, commuters, as well as the Minnesota National Guard who had been dispatched to the city Thursday. St. Paul has implemented a similar curfew over the weekend.

Some University of Minnesota protesters said they may disregard the curfew.

Olivia Crull, an organizer for the on-campus rally hosted by Students for a Democratic Society, said there was no official mandate being handed down by the student group to attendees and that they would instead make adjustments to the plan based on the mood of the crowd. 

“As of right now we don’t have any adjustments in our plans,” Crull said. “We wanted to have this action kind of earlier in the evening, so folks could still go out to other city-wide protests that are happening … I guess I would say right now, it’s really up to the folks that show up as to whether or not we want to stay out past that.”

The rally is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm in Morrill Hall on the East Bank campus.