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Protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline rappel from the catwalk in U.S. Bank Stadium during the first half of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

Two people were arrested after hanging an anti-DAPL banner at a Minnesota Vikings game


Two Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were arrested after scaling the inside of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium and hanging a banner reading "#NoDAPL" while a game was being played Saturday, reports CNN

Fans below the protesters were evacuated from their seats as negotiators tried to persuade the two people, a man and a woman, to come down. from hanging next to their banner. 

At no point was the game stopped. 

The two protesters demanded that the media be there when they came down from the rafters. Once down, the two were taken to jail and charged with trespassing. 

"They climbed up a metal guardrail to climb up these big trusses that hold up the roof," said Minneapolis police spokeswoman Sgt. Catherine Michal.

Local media reportedly received a news release from the two protesters. 

"We are here in solidarity with water protectors from Standing Rock to urge US Bank to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline," says Sen Holiday, one of the protesters. 

"The pipeline is dangerous for any community it passes through," says Karl Zimmerman, the other protester. 

Fans noticed the banner and began taking photos, many of which ended up online. 

Reporters tweeted out footage of the two people being led away.

The Vikings released this statement regarding the incident. 

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