'Water Protectors' protest disrupts Governor Walz at DFL event in Alexandria, Minnesota

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was forced to leave a political event early after a 'Water Protectors' protest group disrupted it on Saturday 4 September. The governor was speaking at a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) event in Alexandria when a member of the audience shouted out, hoping to get the Governor to discuss the Line 3 pipeline situation. Line 3 is a controversial oil pipeline being built to carry oil from Canada's tar sands region to Lake Superior's western tip. Soon a number of others joined in, singing and chanting and urging the Governor to stop the construction of the Line 3 pipeline. Mr Walz ultimately stopped his speech early and left the event in a hurry. The protesters continued to occupy the event as rally attendees argued, shouted, and tore some of the group's banners. The event ended early.

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