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    Anarchists damage property, block traffic, attack delegates with bleach
    Pioneer Press
    Article Last Updated: 09/02/2008 02:40:15 AM CDT


    Anarchists who had threatened to "crash the convention" wreaked havoc Monday in downtown St. Paul as the Republican National Convention opened, shattering windows, throwing rocks, slashing tires and blocking traffic.

    Their violence on the first day of the convention overshadowed an anti-war march that drew a fraction of the number expected.

    The march, which sparked at least three free-speech court challenges, came off without a hitch. But breakaway groups of anarchists — some clad in black and others dressed as colorfully as clowns — kept police busy. Nearly 300 people had been arrested as of late Monday night.

    Spasms of violence erupted throughout downtown as tear gas was fired and protesters — some angry, some insistent on dancing amid the chaos — played a game of cat-and-mouse as police, backed up by 150 Minnesota National Guard soldiers, alternately accommodated, confronted and chased roving bands intent on disrupting the convention.

    Organizers of the Coalition to March on the RNC and End the War estimated 30,000 people showed up to march from the state Capitol to the Xcel Energy Center. They had expected 50,000.

    Police put the crowd at about 10,000.

    Anarchists damage property, block traffic, attack delegates with bleach - TwinCities.com
     
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    RNC riots pointless, undercut true protest
    By Editorial Board
    September 03, 2008
    Anarchy has taken center stage at the Republican National Convention, to the chagrin of both Democrats and Republicans.

    While members of each party have been known to revel in the misfortune of their opponents, this debacle is good for nobody. After a series of peaceful protests - about 5,000 people marched outside the convention site Tuesday - a group of self-proclaimed anarchists felt the need to throw park benches, bust windows and generally act like idiots. Almost 300 were arrested by local police and 130 were held on felony charges.

    Clearly the act of disrespect brings a negative atmosphere to the convention, but the violence has also undermined the protests as well. All the TV-talk focuses on the violence, and a casual listener might simply lump all the protestors into the "crazy anarchist" category.

    By crossing the line - both literally and figuratively - the rioters have made any war protest look completely ridiculous; perhaps they are not affiliated with the organized protestors, but to the average American, a protestor is a protestor is a protestor.

    Organized protest is one of our greatest rights and is one of the pillars upon which our country is founded. But as a result, it is up to us to ensure that others do not abuse that right and cheapen it for those of us with self-control. There is nothing wrong with bringing criminal charges against rioters who endanger others and disregard the true democratic process.


    UWire Opinion | RNC riots pointless, undercut true protest

    RNC Riot Watch: Police Seize Journalists Notes About RNC Protest Plans
     
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    I see you've aligned yourself with KMAN.

    Sigh
     
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    I'm not sure I'd lump those nutters in with the "left wing" since anyone who seems to be on the Dem side is labeled a lefty.

    Those people serve absolutely no purpose and they do more harm to their cause than anything else.

    I'm all for peaceful protesting. It's changed the course of this country and it's a unique and important part of our heritage.

    These people are a disgrace IMO.
     
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    I'm actually kind of surprised about the title of the thread... Glori must have gotten revved up by McCain's inspiring speech last night. ;)
     
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    Anarchists aren't lefties.

    But please, continue to pretend they are people. It just cements my belief that the Republicans are more interested in staying in power than improving the country.
     
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    what? :eusa_angel:
     
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    i'm razzing my friend ravi! :D
     
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    Anarchists are considered by political scientists and all informed people to be a form of rightwing extremism, deeming government and the State unneccessary and advocating individualism and the voluntary association and cooperation of people free from central State authority.


     
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    So since they hate all forms of government the break windows and fight with cops. Not very effective. I had no clue what their point was other than to make a big damn mess and get attention.
     

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