FARGO — Local activists are planning an outdoor sit-in at Fargo City Hall Friday, June 5, as part of continued protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Angelina Zokego, who helped organize the peaceful rally May 30 at Island Park invites those who are interested to gather at Island Park at 1 p.m. Friday, before traveling together to Fargo City Hall to arrive by 1:30. Zokego said the group plans to stay for at least two hours.
The protest will be outdoors as the doors to City Hall continue to be locked to visitors except for official business needs since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown began in March.
Zokego, who is black, said she decided to organize the protests after watching the video of Floyd's final moments as he was arrested by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
"I saw my family in that man ... Am I going to sit and wait until that happens to my father? Until that happens to my uncles? Or my cousins?'," she said. "I'm not going to sit and wait until it comes to my household. I'm going to speak up and stand against it so it doesn't happen to me."
Zokego said she and her co-organizers want a non-violent protest, and urge everyone who shows up to keep the event peaceful.
"We don't have control of every single person," Zokego said. "It would be very sad to see our city burn down to ashes and having to spend so much money building it back up. Fargo is a very beautiful place and it's a safe community. We're just trying to get some changes made in the city."
The city of Fargo is aware of the proposed sit-in and is “engaging in dialogue” with its organizers, officials said in a statement.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office is also aware of the protests and plans to attend in order to encourage a peaceful gathering, a spokesman said.
Sit-in organizers said they do not want a repeat of Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Fargo, when lingering protesters clashed with police and vandalized businesses.
Fargo-Moorhead Black Lives Matter organizers said they too hope the protest remains peaceful and said they were disappointed to see the Saturday, May 30, protest turn into rioting.