DFL lawmaker calls protest outside of his home ‘terrorism’

“Terrorism has many faces.”

Image from Mill City Citizen Media footage

Minnesota Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-Saint Paul, called an anti-lockdown protest outside of his home “terrorism.” 

Anti-shutdown protesters held a demonstration Saturday outside of  Mariani’s home, using a similar tactic as the left-leaning Sunrise Movement, which has endorsed several DFL lawmakers. 

During the protest, attendees blocked the street with vehicles and chanted for the representative to come outside to meet them. Some of the protesters arrived with body armor and firearms, including handguns and rifles.

“Blocked street w trucks, appropriated the U.S. flag, singing ‘God Bless America’ etc. Some w guns, wearing fatigues clothing,” Mariani wrote on Twitter. “Terrorism has many faces.”

“Democracy is fragile. We must stand together,” he added. 

During the event, protesters waved American flags, wore MAGA attire, and chanted phrases such as “answer the door,” “you work for us,” and “open up our state.” A woman in front of the representative’s home shouted questions at both the house and the protesters.

“Remind him, who do they work for?” The woman shouted, to which the crowd responded, “We the people!”

Many protesters danced while singing the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” which was played loudly over a speaker.

Signs at the event promoted messages such as “stop the steal,” “all jobs are essential,” “we want transparency,” and “lockdowns are not science.”

One sign held by a protester said “Minnesotans Against Gov Walz Abuse,” with the letters  M-A-G-A highlighted. Nearby attendees shouted, “Four more years!”

As the protesters prepared to leave, they warned the representative, chanting, “We’ll be back.”

In November, Rep. Mariani said the mass arrest of highway protesters raised “serious questions” about the Constitutional right to protest. 

“Seems a shift in tactics meant to discourage freeway protests,” Mariani said. “But raises serious questions about [Constitutional] right to protest, preserving human dignity while keeping safety.”