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« on: September 02, 2008, 11:28:07 am »

Hundreds to be charged in court after RNC protests

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NEW: Police say 130 of those arrested are charged with felonies

Anarchist group "did a disservice to those that came here to protest," police say

Nearly 5,000 protesters marched peacefully in St. Paul

"Splinter group" broke windows, threw benches, vandalized squad cars, police say


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ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) -- Almost 300 people will be formally charged in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday after they were arrested during protests at the Republican National Convention, a police spokesman said.


 
Police detain people Monday at the Xcel Energy Center, site of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

 1 of 3  Police arrested 284 people Monday after firing projectiles, pepper spray and tear gas to disperse a crowd demonstrating near the convention site.

Police used plastic handcuffs to detain between 20 and 30 of them a few blocks from the security perimeter around the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul police said 130 of the 284 arrested were being held on felony charges. The rest were charged with various misdemeanors. iReport.com: Cops swarm bikers, protesters

A crowd of about 300 people conducted what appeared to be a sit-in in a parking lot near the Mississippi River on Monday.  Watch police detain protesters »

Earlier in the day, a group of self-described anarchists threw park benches into streets and smashed windows, police said.

St. Paul police spokesman Thomas Walsh said Monday afternoon that some of those arrested are accused of property damage and conspiracy to riot.

The arrest of the "anarchists" came after almost 5,000 protesters marched peacefully outside the site of the convention. Walsh said they were part of a "splinter group" of the main body of protesters. He said he would not characterize their activity as a protest.  Watch police use pepper spray »

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"I think they did a disservice to those that came here to protest," he said.

Five police cars were among the property that was damaged, Walsh said.  Watch police take on protesters »

On Sunday, police saw little disruption ahead of the convention, which was scaled back because of Hurricane Gustav. Despite Monday's disruptions, the security plan is working, Walsh said.

"We had some expectation that there may be some of this activity," he said.

The Republican convention, which began Monday, has been designated a "national special security event," which means the Secret Service is responsible for planning and implementing security.

But the primary responsibility for street-level security falls to local police agencies. St. Paul received $50 million in federal grant money to pay for additional security.  View the convention security plan »


The St. Paul Police Department estimated it would require $34 million to pay 3,500 extra officers. The remaining money is for training and equipment, the department said.

Numerous federal agencies are helping provide security, including the FBI, Federal Protective Service, Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration.


CNN's Steve Turnham, Kevin Myers and Joe Johns contributed to this report.

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008, 12:58:13 pm »

Not to mention the police that actually dressed up as anarchists to cause the problems in the first place.

We know how the NWO operates.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008, 02:34:00 pm »

Protestors always get a bum deal, weather it's a pie in the face or red paint getting splashed on someone in a fur coat? in the name of protest. Basically there are cheerers and jeerers, streakers as a distraction to take a political movment off or on messaged. "Born on the first of July" starring tommy Cruise as the character he was portraying, he protested a political convention out of anger about a war inwhich he loss the use of his legs as a result. The party he was protesting lied to him, like the Republicans lied about the Iraq war. I would guess if someone would loose a limb or become permently crippled for a cause that was one big lie, later would be mighty pissed about the political party that was responsible for there losses.       
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008, 11:27:49 pm »

Fascists!  They are cracking down all over St. Paul, have invaded seven houses, looking for evidence.
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2008, 11:33:25 pm »

This is what you get when you vote in Republican politicians, an abridgment of civil liberties.  It happens everytime.
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2008, 11:37:12 pm »

FASCISM
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2008, 11:53:50 pm »

This is nothing new about powerful Government, knock down dragging out of peoples houses kicking the crap of good peoples civil liberties. Here in Canada it is practiced by big Government to, if you are a trouble maker meanning opposing any Government polititians wrong doings. Even to the most extreme activists, protesters you would more than likely end up being on the America no can fly list?

There is no peace & love when it comes to Politics, the RNC convention looked like a old politics gatherings, old people talking about old politic promises.     

   
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2008, 12:08:39 am »

Well, it may not be new, but it can't be tolerated nor accepted as the norm!

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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2008, 12:42:14 am »

Politics can divide a household, all the way to splitting up a country; oh' I mean it can level a household and destroy a nation? 
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2008, 12:49:26 am »

I don't know anyone who would put up with this crap.  Cops in this country are way out of control, they should never have given them taser guns.
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