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Meanwhile, in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the RNC is heralded by police raids.
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Just like China! Only no cool divers and gymnasts.

probable cause (for the RNC Welcoming Committee, at least -- not Bread Not Bombs)

From their OWN WEB SITE:

http://www.nornc.org/156/

"Tier One: Establish 15-20 blockades, utilizing a diversity of tactics, creating an inner and outer ring around St. Paul’s Excel Center, where the RNC is to take place.

Tier Two: Immobilize the delegates’ transportation infrastructure, including the busses that are to convey them.

Tier Three: Block the five western bridges connecting the Twin Cities."

Re: probable cause (for the RNC Welcoming Committee, at least -- not Bread Not Bombs)

Sure.

Leaping to that conclusion seems a bit far-fetched, especially as these plans, although illegal, appeared to be peaceful. And these plans seemed pretty by-the-book (I spent most of the first few days of the first Gulf War out, screaming, on the streets, myself).

But who knows how it will all come out? We'll see.

Re: probable cause (for the RNC Welcoming Committee, at least -- not Bread Not Bombs)

very, VERY dumb.

But, yeah. I have endless faith in the ability of people to be stupid.
This turns my stomach. I am so angry. I hope that people wake up to what's going on in America. How many more disgusting acts have to occur before the country realizes that we traded our freedom for a false sense of security?

OK, this is worse than a flashback to my antiwar protest days in the early 70s.

Hopefully they won't try to outdo the stunning performance of 2004.

Edited at 2008-08-31 03:33 am (UTC)
Ugh.

It's quiet down here (I live right by the Sprawl of America) but we'll see how long that lasts.

what we can do, from Starhawk

"Please stand with us. Because it could be your home they are raiding, next.

Call the Mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Tell them you are outraged by these attacks on dissent. Urge them to let Poor People encamp and to let dissent be heard."

FLOOD THE MAYORS' OFFICES ASAP

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
651-266-8510

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak
(612) 673-2100
(612) 673-3000 outside Minneapolis
We obviously don't know all the facts, though on the surface it's disturbing. More disturbing was the second article that documentated allegations that the neighborhood contained a crack house about which the police do nothing, but the police cooperated with the FBI in shutting down this place. Hmm.
On the surface it's more than disturbing. They surrounded a house, without a warrant, detained anyone who tried to leave, got a warrant for the house next door and used an adjacent attic space to come into the one they wanted.

That's not disturbing... it's incitement to revolt. Won't happen, but it's the sort of thing which led to more than one revolution.

Reports show that they knew where to serve the warrants because there were cops inside them. So the idea of creating a website to distribute "action notices" may have been encouraged.

Me, I am more distrustful of the Gov't than not, and more distrustful of the cops than the gov't.

Dissent is (from the gov't POV) more to be supressed than crime. Crime makes people want more gov't, dissent less.

TK
Yes. I believe that later articles have mentioned that the police didn't have a warrant in a number of the arrests made. That in and of itself is very disturbing. I don't think it's a cause for revolt yet unless the next administration continues and expands upon these disturbing practices.
I can't begin to tell you how irritated I've been since the day they first announced that the RNC would be here.

(I would be just as irritated by the DNC. Either convention would be a serious disruption to the world around me, really, and both parties really kinda suck, just differently, but I digress).

I'm really just going to try to ignore it all and wait for it to go away.