Over 300 Arrested at RNC
Posted on Sep 3, 2008
Beginning Saturday with a guns-drawn assault on a protester meeting space and continuing through the weekend with raids on houses of known activists in St. Paul, Twin Cities police have arrested over 300 anti-RNC demonstrators. At least 120 of them are accused of felonies, including trumped-up “conspiracy to riot” charges. Police have used concussion grenades, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets against unarmed protesters.
For more news on the demonstrations in St. Paul, check out the Twin Cities Independent Media Center’s coverage of the RNC.
To support those who were unjustly arrested, visit the Coldsnap Legal Collective’s Web site to find out what you can do.
Twin Cities IMC:
Two days into the Republican National Convention (RNC), more than 300 people have been arrested, including at least 120 people for felonies—mostly the notoriously vague charge, ‘conspiracy to riot.’
With no provocation, police have indiscriminately used rubber bullets, concussion grenades, and chemical irritants to disperse crowds and incapacitate protestors.
Police appear to be specifically targeting videographers documenting these police abuses. In response, lawyers have filed a federal restraining order against such conduct.
A hyper-militarized line of the National Guard blocks a street in St. Paul on Tuesday.