George Floyd Square is seen the day before opening statements in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. Photo taken from Twitter

Minneapolis moves to dismantle the George Floyd Square memorial

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City crews arrived at the intersection known as George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota, just before dawn on Thursday to remove concrete barriers, artwork, flowers and other items from the memorial.

Activists and members of the community expressed concern that city workers began dismantling the memorial without advanced notice and before responding to a list of demands for justice made by neighbors, according to Sahan Journal.

The city says it will reopen the intersection and work with a community group to preserve certain artifacts, according to reports.

The community group Agape, which contracted with the city to keep watch over the area, coordinated the clearing of the intersection, according to city spokeswoman Sarah McKenzie. A fist sculpture, which stands several feet tall, will remain, McKenzie said.

Activists have presented the city a list of 24 demands in return for yielding the intersection, where some yard signs read ‘No Justice, No Street.’ The list includes support for Agape.

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