Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a cultural staple of the East African community, but over the weekend the area became a chaotic scene of rioting Muslim protesters. Rapper and singer K’naan was performing a concert at Cedar Avenue when the protesters began to attack him, the police and other partygoers, causing the event to shutdown.
The reason for the Somali Muslim-based protest is because of K’naan’s new development of an HBO drama series about jihadi recruitment set in Minnesota. It’s set to be created by Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow.
“Him being a Somali, I would expect more of him,” said Filsan Ibrahim, 27, one of the violent protesters. “He has such a big platform. He could use his name and celebrity to change that narrative and say, ‘There’s more to us.’” Ibrahim, donned in an Islamic purple scarf, grabbed a bullhorn and shouted out to the crowd: “It’s going to be talking about how the Somali kids in Cedar are terrorists!” in relation to the HBO show.
Protesters in the crowd chucked bottles and other items at police officers attempting to quell the scene. Officers were then forced to spray a chemical irritant at the violent and aggressive demonstrators. Minneapolis police arrested a 17-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman on suspicion of riot.
K’naan’s response after the incident has been mum, but he has commented that the protesters were “ignorant” people. Video of the chaos can be watched below:
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