Peaceful March for Isak Aden and Somali Independence Day in Eagan
Updated: Jul 6
Protesters demanded Isak Aden’s case be reopened while they marched and chanted this evening in Eagan.
Eagan, MN - Over 100 people marched in Eagan the evening of July 1st to celebrate Somali Independence Day, to honor Isak Aden and demand that Aden’s case be reopened. The event was organized by over a dozen local groups including CAIR Minnesota, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities Metro, Justice for Isak Aden, Anti-War Committee and Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee.
Many of the activists and community members that attended the peaceful event wore an orange t-shirt and gray sweatpants. Aden wore an orange t-shirt and gray sweatpants when he was killed.
Details from the organizer:
Join us on Somali Independence Day for a rally & march to honor Isak Aden one year after he was murdered by police in Eagan and to demand:
* RE-OPEN Isak Aden's case, along with other cases
* FIRE, PROSECUTE, & CONVICT Isak's murderers
* AN OUTSIDE, INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR - corrupt Dakota county prosecutor James Backstrom declined to prosecute Isak's killers
**TO SYMBOLIZE WHAT ISAK WAS WEARING THE DAY HE WAS MURDERED, WE ENCOURAGE ALL ATTENDEES TO WEAR GRAY SWEATPANTS (or skirt), AND AN ORANGE SHIRT (or hijab).**
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