In Minneapolis, African and Latino immigrants transformed East Lake Street into a place bustling with restaurants, nail salons and auto repair shops. This week they watched all their hard work smash and burn.
Abdishakur Elmi sat in his car Friday watching flames rage from the building next door to his Hamdi Restaurant, which he opened after migrating from Somalia in 1996.
“I don’t see the government,” Elmi, 55, told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t see the power.”
He noticed East Lake Street mainstays were looted, including a Nordic bakery and meat market. Elmi and his restaurant supplier, Mohammoud Abdi, told the Times the damage reminded them of their younger days in Somalia, where militants ruled.