Protesters create spectacle at Bears-Vikings game

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But the protesters willingly climbed up their ropes as soon as the game was over.

The Vikings' game was not interrupted.

The message said they immediately called Minneapolis police and fire departments, and began clearing seats.

The banner, which read "Divest #NoDAPL" and carried the US Bank logo, was hung in the US Bank Stadium by two people.

Protesters inside U.S. Bank Stadium used climbing gear to scale the rafters of the building.

The North Dakota pipeline controversy was one of the hottest topics of 2016, and will likely continue to be an issue in 2017.

In November 2015, protestors at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte managed to accomplish a similar objective, unfurling a banner aimed at the bank's financing of a liquified natural gas export facility owned by Dominion Resources.

"A press release for the two protestors stated that the impetus for the activism stunt was the USA bank's "$175 million in credit lines to Energy Transfer Partners". We are working with all stadium partners, and our primary focus is on the safety of the fans and these two individuals.

The most immediate question of course: how the hell did they get all that climbing equipment into an National Football League stadium? "The pipeline's route violates treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and poses a significant threat drinking water and the health of the Missouri River", their release said.

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