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UPDATE: Three arrested following lock down at downtown Wells Fargo

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Duluth Police got an early morning call Friday. 

They were welcomed with 30 protestors inside the Wells Fargo building downtown Duluth. 

Among the protestors, three chained themselves to the company door and gate -prompting a lockdown. 
Wells Fargo workers can be seen inside on their phones while those outside the gate were calling out for change. 

"We are here to stop line 3," said Enbridge Line Three Protestor, Ernesto Burbank.

Enbridge's Line Three Pipeline is a 1,100-mile pipeline that carries crude oil from Canada, to Superior. It has caused quite the controversy in our region.

Wells Fargo has invested more than $70 billion in clean technology and other environmentally sustainable businesses.

"They're investing their money into oil corporations because big banks like Wells Fargo invest into these oil corporations and these oil corporations in return are desecrating our lands and polluting our waters," said Burbank.

KBJR 6 was there as Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken spoke with the protestors, asking what they wanted.

"Is there anything we can do to convince you short of arrest? Get the key unlock it and open up the business again?" said Tusken.

"Yeah, Wells Fargo can divest out of Enbridge. If we can make that happen right now, you got what you wished for," replied Burbank.

The protestors said they wanted to be arrested. 

The Duluth Fire Department cut what looked like a home-made contraption and left behind a hole in the security gate.

Three protestors were arrested and are currently being held at the St. Louis County Jail for twelve hours. 

The entire protest lasted four hours. 

A spokesperson from the Wells Fargo downtown Duluth location released a statement and said in part:

"We respect all those engaging in the conversation surrounding fossil fuel exploration and development as well as renewable and alternative energy."


UPDATE: Three people are being held at the St. Louis County Jail after securing themselves to a door and a gate at the Wells Fargo downtown Duluth bank.

Police responded to the Superior Street bank for a report of people chained to doors and a gate before 9 a.m. Friday.

About 30 protesters were at the bank.

Officers eventually arrested three people on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing legal process.

All the charges are misdemeanors.

All other protesters eventually left the scene around 1 p.m. after the Duluth Fire Department helped remove the devices being used by the three suspects. 


Protesters managed to lock down the Downtown Duluth Wells Fargo Friday morning.

About 30 protesters, some chaining themselves to the gate inside the building, said they were a part of the pipeline resistance.

The peaceful protest began around 9 a.m., and was streamed live on Facebook.

They say they're protesting Wells Fargo's investment in Enbridge's Pipeline 3 replacement project, saying the project hurts the environment and leads to an increase in sex trafficking and murder.

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