The Minnesota governor is fully mobilizing the state’s national guard, something that hasn’t been done since World War II.
Speaking Saturday morning after Minneapolis and St. Paul saw the fourth night of violent riots where more buildings were set ablaze, Walz said rioters “are not with us.”
“If you are on the streets tonight, it is very clear: you are not with us, you do not share our values and we will use the full strength of goodness and righteousness to make sure that this ends.”
Walz said the people producing the violent riots are 20 percent Minnesotans and 80 percent from the outside. State leaders backtracked on that number later in the day.
Major General Jensen said the National Guard will respond to whatever the cities or state needs.
Authorities said there were around 20 arrests in both Minneapolis and St. Paul overnight. The charges range from burglary to destruction of property to curfew violations.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 30, 2020
More than 1,000 additional Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen are activating today. This is in addition to the 700 that were on duty as of late last night. This represents the largest domestic deployment in the Minnesota’s National Guard’s 164-year history. pic.twitter.com/aV9NOFv5uo
— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 30, 2020