Saturday’s demonstration at the Mall of America by Black Lives Matter disrupted holiday shopping on the Saturday before Christmas. A few weeks ago, a demonstration promoting the same cause shut down northbound traffic on Interstate Hwy. 35W in Minneapolis. Police made no arrests during the I-35W closure, and said they had arrested 25 people Saturday at the mall. Today’s Question: Is it OK to disrupt commerce for a social cause?

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Update 12/20: #BlackLivesMatter protest fills Mall of America rotunda; 25 arrested

Protesters with their arms in the air, chanting, “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” walked through the Mall of America Saturday afternoon, while others gathered in the building’s rotunda amid stories-high silver Christmas trees, chanting “Black Lives Matter.”

Today’s Question: Should protesters be able to demonstrate at the Mall of America?

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The Interview stars James Franco and Seth Rogen. Sony

“Sony Pictures has canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, the comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader. The move came after the largest U.S. movie theater chains said they won’t screen the film in the wake of threats against them by a group that also allegedly hacked Sony’s internal documents,” writes NPR’s Krishnadev Calamur.

“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” Sony said in a statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

Today’s Question: Did Sony make the right call by not releasing The Interview?

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