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Protestors dangle from catwalk during Bears-Vikings game

Protestors dangle from catwalk during Bears-Vikings game

Two spectators rapelled from the rafters of U.S. Bank Stadium during the Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday, Jan. 1, and have hung a banner protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Under it was the hashtag #NoDAPL, which represents a protest movement against the Dakota Pipeline.

Fire and police department officials were on the scene and attempting to reach the two people responsible. The pipeline is now routed through treaty lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We are working with all stadium partners, and our primary focus is on the safety of the fans and these two individuals.

One of the protesters, wearing a Brett Favre Vikings jersey, waved to fans in the crowd as police and stadium security vacated seven rows of seats behind the east end zone directly below where the protesters were dangling. As of this writing, they are still trying to get the two protesters down, but the situation continues to get even more weird. Stay with WCCO.com, we will update the story as details become available.

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Trent Baalke likely has been relaying to the powers-that-be and, in turn, persuade the 49ers to change their plans. The 49ers have not had to replace a coach and GM since 2005 when they hired Mike Nolan and Scot McCloughan.

This is the second time in 14 months that protesters have using rappelling equipment to make a statement at an National Football League game.

KARE 11's Dave Schwartz shared a video on Twitter of one of the protesters rappelling upside down from a rope. Back in November 2015, two protesters pulled off a similar stunt at a Monday night game in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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