Idle No More flash dance brings more than 1,000 protesters to Mall of America [VIDEO]
|Idle No More protests like the one at MOA Saturday are a response to the Canadian government's effort to abrogate treaties signed with Native communities.|
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The Idle No More movement began earlier this month in Canada as a response to the conservative government's effort to allow the sale of land originally set aside for indigenous people, but has since spread to America and Mexico. A smaller-scale protest dance in the IDS Center's Crystal Court on Christmas Eve resulted in the controversial arrest of American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt. Bellecourt was also in attendance at the Mall of America on Saturday.
"We have to look out for our own -- what happens in Canada happens here and what happens here happens in Canada," Bellecourt said on Saturday, according to a WCCO report.
Over 700 people RSVP'd for the MOA protest dance on Facebook, the Twin Cities Daily Planet reports, and more than that showed, with shoppers on the second- and third-floor balconies crammed around a railing to film the action below.
Here's video footage shot near the drum circle:
And here's a video capturing how things looked and sounded from the balcony:
In an interview with the Planet, one of the organizer's of Saturday's protest, Mesha Camp, characterized the dance circle as a form of "non-violent action" that's especially effective because "It speaks to youth, helps them to get involved, and look at what's happening."
"What better way than with our songs?" Camp added.