ST. PAUL, Mn. – The streets of St. Paul were peppered with broken glass Saturday morning and dozens of burned out vehicles were still smoldering from the previous night’s riots. Wary Minnesotans once again struggled to find shelter from the roving gangs who descended upon the city shortly after the untimely death of Prince Nelson, Minnesota’s beloved ruler.
Save for the occasional stray dog, there were few signs of life amid the city’s widespread wreckage on Saturday. “People are afraid to leave their homes,” a police officer who asked to remain anonymous told Reuters. The officer said opposition forces had entered the city under the cover of darkness Friday night and were rounding up anyone deemed loyal to Prince Nelson. “They were executing people in the streets,” said the officer before adding that several police precincts, including his own, had been firebombed in the ensuing chaos.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama on Saturday ordered two mechanized divisions consisting of some 45,000 soldiers and support units to the U.S.-Minnesota border. “Let me be clear,” President Obama declared in an address to the nation. “The United States has no intention of becoming involved militarily in Minnesota. I’ve asked our commanders on the ground to remain neutral and monitor events from our side of the border in an effort to prevent further destabilization in the region.”
Despite President Obama’s assertion that U.S. forces would remain on American soil, a Pentagon official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, told The Washington Post that U.S. special operations forces have been deployed to the outskirts of St. Paul to locate and secure Prince Nelson’s chemical weapons stockpile.
Prince Nelson assumed the throne in 1958 and ruled Minnesota until his unexpected death on April 21, 2016. As Minnesotans continue to mourn the loss of their revered prince, the world is watching closely to see who will fill the power vacuum created in the wake of Prince Nelson’s passing.