Occupy MN: Protesters block streets outside Wells Fargo Center [VIDEO]

Protesters are sitting in the middle of the intersection.
Protesters are sitting in the middle of the intersection.

Roughly 1,000 protesters marched from Peavey Plaza to Wells Fargo this afternoon in an attempt to storm the Wells Fargo Center lobby.

But when they arrived they found the doors to the bank were locked with Minneapolis police guarding all entrances.

In a spur of the moment decision by organizers, 20 members of the group who'd already committed themselves to getting arrested sat in the middle of the intersection of 6th Street and Marquette, blocking traffic, while the rest of the marchers swirled around them. Minneapolis police directed traffic and milled around the edges of the protest as the marchers attempted to send a delegation into the bank building. They were repeatedly rebuffed, so the protesters remained seated in the intersection, chanting and listening to speakers. 

The sizeable crowd was made up largely of labor unions like SEIU, TakeAction Minnesota, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, and Occupy MN participants. 

 Watch below as protesters make their way down Nicollet Mall to the bank, then scramble for an alternate plan once the bank doors are locked (highlights include a tap-dancing grandma and an utterly unconvinced passerby at about 1:30):

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