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The edge of the Black Lives Matter fence in the middle of the Minnesota City column

As the Blue Lives Matter slogan appears on the fence two blocks away, the city has sent a couple letter stating that the fence violates the ordinance. The West St. Paul Fence Ordinance prohibits fences from being in multiple colors or containing images or text. Photo: Courtesy of Ryan Weyandt The simple suburban fence of Minnesota has become a local attraction and a symbol of the fight for equality, but has also attracted critics. Currently in the center of the line with the authorities. Ryan Wayant and his husband, Michael Heinlin, continue to hit deadlines to comply with the city’s orders to fill the vibrant statement that decorates their fence proclaiming Black Lives Matter. Shortly after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed by a white police officer miles away in Minneapolis, the message was held outside West St. Paul’s house in a block capital letter about 6 feet high. May of last year. The timing of the lines is particularly sensitive as the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with murdering Floyd, approaches that conclusion. As a result, the entire Minneapolis-St. Paul region is already at stake, and tensions have increased as a white police officer at the Brooklyn Center shot and killed a 20-year-old black man, Dantelite, earlier this week. A suburb of Minneapolis. For months, the couple’s fence was a magnet for people to drop flowers, place balloons, take pictures, and thank, according to realtor Weyandt. “We didn’t want to stir the pot, it wasn’t angry with our neighbors, worsening someone, or trying to sneak into someone’s skin,” Weyandt told the Guardian. “We set this up so that we could trigger at least one conversation and help someone reach another level of thinking,” he added. The mural also pays homage to the black LGBTQ + population, with the word “living” painted in rainbow colors, especially to describe the black LGBTQ + people who were attacked and killed in the United States. And last fall, Weyandt told West St Paul Reader: “I feel it’s our responsibility to give voice and more legitimacy to the black and brown brothers and sisters who are literally killed in the middle of the street in the middle of the day. It’s the center of the busiest city in the United States.” A sign stating “Stop National Terrorism” is hanging on the surrounding security fence as police protests against Daunte Wright’s deadly shooting continued on Saturday. Photo: John Minciro / AP But West St. Paul officials had other ideas. After the fence message was posted for almost five months, the city sent Weyandt a letter stating that it violated the ordinance or local law. “The ordinance that Ryan’s fence violates is not about signs. The ordinance is about fences,” West St. Paul city councilman Wendy Berry said last week. The Fence Ordinance prohibits fences from having multiple colors or containing images or text. However, Weyandt’s first correspondence received from authorities in late November stated that he violated the laws of various cities. These include what is known as a non-profit sign ordinance that effectively prohibits the publication of messages that can be interpreted as political unless within a particular election cycle, or a sign ordinance that prohibits signs from being attached to fences. It is included. In a staggering series of events, Weyandt explained that he had just recently learned that he also violated the Fence Ordinance. The city had previously told Weyandt that the murals needed to be removed by December 11, but gave an extension due to winter weather conditions in Minnesota. “It was cold in November, so I didn’t want to repaint the fence in the cold,” West Saint Paul Mayor Dave Napier told The Guardian. Code. “Since 2017, Weyandt said he and Hailin had put multiple signs on the fence for a long time without penalty, even though he and Hailin had never painted the fence before.” Black Lives “I hadn’t received anything from the city at any time before Matter’s wording,” Weyandt said, “only after this particular message came out, they decided to take action. There is a swirling debate within the city council regarding the update or deletion of the ordinance. “The clear consensus was to stick to the current signing ordinance. It is said that we received multiple complaints about the sign,” said Ryan Schroeder, manager of the city of West St. Paul. But another city council member, Lisa Ensan, agreed to relax the relevant ordinances at the last meeting and said she didn’t want to ban art from the billboards. There were some direct negative reactions. The couple have been upset, threatened, and endured homophobic comments, Weyandt said. “We actually left home for five days … and went to my house-in-law. I was worried that the house would catch fire in the middle of the night and die in the house,” he said. Told. Councilor Dick Vitelli sent an email to Wayant to suggest that the couple have murals inside the fence instead of outside. Paul community. But you seem to enjoy breaking the law and causing confusion more. The city recently said that the murals had to go by April 15, and the couple are considering painting the fence black when the weather improves. Meanwhile, they faced penalties, and Weyandt said, “It’s okay to pay some form of fine for the right to expression.” Then, with a twist earlier this month, former Republican Mayor of West St. Paul, David Meisinger, two blocks away from the pro-police slogan “Blue Lives Matter,” which emerged as a reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement. I drew it on the fence. Both will eventually face removal, but not before the mural battle unfolds in boiling tension.