St. Paul, Minnesota - Police surrounded and arrested about 200 protesters Thursday night after a lengthy series of marches and sit-ins timed to coincide with Sen. John McCain's acceptance of the Republican Party's nomination for president.
Caught up in the clash were several reporters assigned to cover the event, including Amy Forliti and Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press. Officers ordered them to sit on the pavement on a bridge over Interstate 94 and to keep their hands over their heads as they were led away two at a time.
The arrests came three days after AP photographer Matt Rourke, also on assignment covering the protests, was arrested. He was released without being charged Monday after being held for several hours. Forliti and Krawczynski, who were among at least 19 members of the media detained, were issued citations for unlawful assembly and released.
It was only after their own
Fri, 09/05/2008 - 18:35 — Helen Hanna (not verified) It was only after their own reporters were arrested that the Associate Press spoke up about what went on in St. Paul.. In general, there has been very little coverage of protests in the mainstream media. If it weren't for the internet, we would not know half of what is going on in our own country. This is because the main news channels are owned by Republicans. Have you ever noticed that protests occurring in other countries get lots of coverage both in newspapers and on TV?
They need to wear the brown
Fri, 09/05/2008 - 17:11 — Anonymous (not verified) They need to wear the brown shirts made so famous by the Nazis during their repression of a country. It is only that sense of "brotherhood" that seems to be missing from this activity in St. Paul. -- Is peaceful protest no longer permitted in this country? Are we not allowed to protest the loss of our rights? -- Why do we let the Repugnicans continue to repress the rights of all Americans and ignore the hard-won rights guaranteed us in the Bill of Rights and The Constitution?
This type of police action
Fri, 09/05/2008 - 17:02 — Al Lien (not verified) This type of police action reminds me of the Democratic National Convention i Chicago in 1968. The same tactics were used by that mayor to show Washington what a well controlled city he had. (The government doesn't like war protesters.)
When did the cops stop
Fri, 09/05/2008 - 16:57 — Anonymous (not verified) When did the cops stop wearing blue? Why do they all wear black? Maybe wearing black makes them feel more like "bad guys" and encourages them to act that way. Tasers and military gear certainly don't help either.
Welcome to a Brave New
Fri, 09/05/2008 - 16:53 — Anonymous (not verified) Welcome to a Brave New World. This time it won't be like protests in the 60s. Now, you can be carted off and Gitmoed or rendered for torture in some secret detention center built by Halliburton. The only option in the near future will be armed revolt.