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Minneapolis city crews move to reopen roads at George Floyd Square

People take a knee during a moment of silence on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's...
People take a knee during a moment of silence on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn.(AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 9:59 AM CDT
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

Protests are underway at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis in response to action by the Minneapolis Public Works Department and a community group.

Some fights have broken out and the scene is emotionally charged.

Crews are removing concrete barriers as well as artwork, flowers and other memorial items from a Minneapolis intersection that has become a sprawling memorial to George Floyd.

City crews began the work about 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the intersection, which is informally known as George Floyd Square and was where the 46-year-old Black man was pinned to the ground by police.

The intersection at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue has been closed to traffic and became a primary gathering place for those mourning Floyd, whose death last year at the hands of police galvanized the racial justice movement.

The city says a community group worked to coordinate Thursday’s effort and a fist sculpture will remain in the middle of the intersection.

It’s been closed to traffic for more than a year and it’s unclear what parts of the memorial crews planned to move or remove.

Many community members say the city gave them no warning about the action and many showed up to protest and block construction vehicles.

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