RNC: Day one


At least 10,000 protestors took to the streets Monday, the first day of the

Republic National Convention. Hundreds of them were arrested–and many hundreds

more mercilessly attacked by law enforcement with pepper spray, rubber bullets,

tear gas and brute force. There are even reports of horseback police trampling


By 8 p.m. Monday, the Ramsey

County Sheriff’s department reported that its jail had processed 163

protesters:73 felony arrests, 42 gross misdemeanors and 48 misdemeanors. Arraignments

were to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday. At 10:30 p.m. Monday, Coldsnap Legal Collective reported

much higher numbers: 284 arrests, 130 felonies, 51 gross misdemeanors and 103


Coldsnap’s web site also reported, “We’ve gotten many reports

that people are not getting proper medical attention, are being refused their

medication, and/or have been separated from the rest of the group. Also, there are also many felony

charges, which allow the state to hold the protesters for a longer period of

time. Felony charges have historically been used as

scare tactics against activists, and there is much less precedent for them to

hold up in court. More often, these bogus charges are simply used to keep

protesters off the streets and as a way to oppress and silence people.”

Photo by Anna Pratt/Paul Demko

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with the ‘anarchists’: RNC protests day one

Dispatches from

day one of the RNC


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Report on Police Crackdown in St. Paul

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