I wanted to watch this to see a bit of what the protest to “Liberate Minnesota” 10 days ago (Friday, April 17, 2020) was all about.
I heard Unicorn Riot had covered the protest so I went there to get the scoop. I will note that I really like the way they always give balanced coverage – letting the PEOPLE SPEAK. Coverage Howard Zinn might deem worthy. And my coverage is just a What I Saw in their Video report – but PLEASE read their full coverage. There is apparently a pretty interesting crew of folks working on these types of events.
So I watched the 2 hours (kinda – I did a lot of skipping so perhaps there is even more juice in here than I saw. I tried to focus on places where faces appeared to get a taste of the various interviews. There were many protest-focused folks (more heavy in the first half I’d say) but there were MANY viewpoints expressed by folks at this event.
I list here the places I thought noteworthy but if you have a couple hours to kill – you could watch the whole thing and surely not be disappointed. You know, if knowing-who-your-neighbors-are is your thing. I will admit what entertains me can seem, to some, a bit obscure or skewed (to pick a few adjectives that apply to this review).
I think it’s IMPORTANT to understand things from many perspectives. Though I get blamed A LOT for being one-sided or closed-minded, I really am CURIOUS and INTERESTED in hearing the various perspectives and I find understanding in hearing each. Sometimes I agree with the words said, even if not the foundation of their source or their speaker’s overall stance. I see the truths and the propaganda (yep, you might see different propaganda and sometimes they get the plan right, just not the source, which is scarily hilarious). Everyone is drinking kool-aid, just lots of flavors today, folks!
You can also check out other footage on Coronavirus by Unicorn Riot. They have always provided excellent content though I have only watched this one in that series. Here’s their intro:
“St. Paul, MN – In opposition to the state of Minnesota’s Stay At Home order, over five hundred people protested in front of the Governor’s Residence on Friday, April 17. The protest, called ‘Liberate Minnesota‘, was one in a slew of recent right-wing protests across the country calling for an end to business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.”How Unicorn Riot introduced their Liberate Minnesota coverage
There were a few interesting commenters along the way as Niko Georgiades (and Dan) begin the footage:
- The guy at 5 minutes is interesting. Gray State. I agree with some of what he’s saying – starvation, lack of resources coming… Gravity fed water filters. [Buy Berkey] Guns. Trump Tards. Not many socialists or Nazis. Affected people who ain’t working. [But he doesn’t believe in the pandemic.] He notes no police presence. [Nice shot of kid protesting after he ends.]
- Ladies at 10 minutes give a MN perspective. All In One Fitness Spring Hill, MN. People who want to get back to work. [Nice warning of UR Anti-Trump stance. Ppl just speaking their truth.] Their higher power is taking care of them. Want to go to work. Don’t want government handouts. Government doesn’t have money to give. Yes, people are dying. Daughter works at Abbott. First shut-down was OK. But ruining economy now. Want to have a wedding May 23rd!!
- 15 minutes in we get the Anti-Vax perspective. Followed by the Trump is My President perspective.
- 25 minutes in – SHO is Heavy Handed perspective. Mother in LT Care à concerns. 27 1/2 minutes in is the “pig’s” perspective (food supply chain).
Lots of footage of hugging people and not many masks evident… If these people are showing they know how to engage in public during a pandemic, they sure aren’t showing it. Only up side may be the cleaning of the gene pool this brings in another week or so. We have noted the death toll jumped to firm double digits around the X and this weekend, I think we’re into the 20’s for a regular death toll. At least until we quit seeing the number of cases rise…
Dude talking about risk at 30 minutes. Some OK-Bros at 31 minutes.
The guy in the light T-shirt is a real Civil War devotee, quoting his boy Lincoln. [This is funny and sad on many levels. Those Founding Fathers cares for everyone? You mean, except the Indigenous?] Then we get an interesting counterpoint from a Bernie guy (masked) who quotes a bunch of data, political stuff. Capitalism not more important than lives. Bailing out corporations – but need money for the people to stay at home. [Thought this was pretty interesting commentary between him and Niko on the protest and more. He speaks a lot along what I believe.] Pretty interesting assessment of the political system at 35, him and another dude who came up (gas mask guy). Bernie guy thinks these people are from out of town.
41 minutes is a business opening proponent who shares good points. Oh! Found another interesting couple of folks in here… At 47 minutes Niko gets an EXCLUSIVE!! Interview with one of the instigators of the protest. Lots of hugs… Marni Hockenberg: Fed up with the tyranny of the Governor. Business owner – essential business [? doesn’t say what…] – telling Walz to let ppl get back to work. My business, My Choice. Freedom is essential. Fear is a choice. Michelle called, “Hey, Girl, let’s do a protest.” Tired of the tyranny. [She’s pretty interesting. Goes on at length and has lots to say… but the UN isn’t the topic of the day…]
There’s a lady singing Minnesota the Beautiful? A freedom guy speaking of our non-responsive government. Why doesn’t Walz come out? [If I was Walz, I’d avoid this crowd… lots of guns.] Ppl should be Respectful… [Interesting concept very dependent on perspective. Should we allow people to be free to spread disease willfully with their own ideas of what is safe? (Clearly these folks are not aware – almost no masks evident.) Or should we allow our our nurses and doctors to live freely – working reasonable schedules – without being overwhelmed in COVID cases?]
At 1:03, we hear from a proclaimed Minnesota Proud Boy – he has an interesting take… not sure he’d get their endorsement but… Wow. Then we hear from a conservative white dude with his perspective (mostly on rape). Niko notes: Inflating a lot of socialism with communism… As he allows everyone to freely express themselves.
1:19 has a guy (in an “Eat Shit” hat) screaming at the Governor’s mansion…
1:20 – Niko discusses upcoming coverage on a COVID survivor. Watch Unicorn Riot for more… Other coverage from Greece and Brazil and other disproportionately affected communities. Alex Jones at 1:27!! OK, just the shirt. But Trump – HEAR HIM!!
Then we are SAVED! by hearing a Black CNN perspective. Righteous. Black people could NEVER have gotten away with this kind of protest during a SHO! Pandemic is impacting Black People – we always get the short end of the stick. Lots of people NOT Social Distancing and strapped with guns. This is not about the Pandemic – this is about WAR, not work. Trump crashed the economic system… They want Trump in the White House. Unacceptable. Welcome to the USA!! (Thanks, King D!) [Loving the Black perspectives… Where are the police, indeed!] Trump Rally… Klan Rally… [I’m tired of the bullshit too… don’t understand how we continue with just allowing all the disparity.] It’s because it’s all White People 1:32. [For sure. Black man who knows Black People will be getting the worst of this shit in COVID times. PPL affected most are those who didn’t have medical care in the first place. Can’t even afford to live here as Black People. [Yep. Sad state of affairs throughout this country.] Feel like there is something they are hiding, and (Black People) gonna be at the receiving end of that hook. [I hear ya, Brother. Hoping we get some things done to mitigate that. But it would be novel, eh?]
More reporting feedback at 1: 37 – great photos of the posters. 7-10% with masks. Not worried about SD. Everybody we talked to either doesn’t believe the virus is real or they don’t care if they get infected. If it’s their time to go, it’s their time to go. RFID in vaccines… other conspiracy theories…many based in real concerns from past experience.
Oh, 5G couple at 1:45 are REALLY interesting. THIS is America, folks! And they set us up for a reason we’re having a second wave. Controlling pandemic with 5G. Wow. Who fucking knows, eh?!?
[A confused? white nurse starts at 1:56 talks about several mixed messages… Maybe she’s an admin nurse? Since she’s off work now?] She’s not the expert on phases – can’t tell – have to look at data herself, believe it and trust it, not seeing it like they predict it. [Well, I can’t really understand this… THAT seems exactly what the Walz Administration is doing.] Asthma. Thinks she had Coronavirus at Standing Rock. [Uh, I’m really confused by this strange lady…]
But after her, Niko takes us through the quiet ending of the protest. Lots of people honking, not that many masks…
And I WILL ASK that, if you can, support Unicorn Riot. They have been covering environmental and social justice issues for 5 years from Minnesota. Their birthday is just a few days before mine!! They are currently working on their fundraising so support them if you can. They have stories on all aspects of COVID and Niko speaks to stories from Philly on jail concerns and St. Paul too. Really sad some of the happenings during the Pandemic.
“We found out how long we can lock up stupid. It’s about three weeks. We needed six. We got four.”Quote from Dan, CFO at The HARN Collective…
I’d agree, noting that Walz did pretty good keeping folks corralled for as long as he has. I note that we’re now in double digit daily deaths and I felt like we were firmly in the 20s and Sunday we got 28 more. We’ll see what today brings…