Several Protesters Arrested after Blocking Wells Fargo Entrance

Updated: January 12, 2018 10:43 PM

Protesters upset with Wells Fargo's financial backing of pipeline projects chained themselves to doors outside the bank's downtown Duluth branch on Friday.

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The non-violent protest involving an estimated 30 people began at around 9 a.m. Two protesters locked themselves to the door using a device similar to those used in other recent pipeline protests, and a third locked himself to a gate at the entrance to the bank's cashier area.

"We've got to send a message out to the world to divest out of companies such as Wells Fargo Bank... Chase Bank, all of these banks that are invested in these oil companies that continue to desecrate the land and continuously to pollute our waters," said Ernesto Burbank, one of the protesters locked to the door.

The Duluth Fire Department assisted police in removing devices that protesters had placed on the doors.

Police said the three who were chained to doors face possible misdemeanor charges of trespassing and obstructing legal process. They were booked into the St. Louis County Jail on 12-hour holds.


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