The "March on the RNC'' was supposed to be the major protest during the Republican National Convention. As the event kicked off around 11 a.m. Monday at the State Capitol, there was plenty of room for picnicking on the grounds. Organizers had floated the number 50,000, but far fewer were in attendance. It looked more like a Gophers football crowd. A few dozen bored-looking police officers on mountain bikes looked on from a shady spot, probably wishing they had chosen another line of work. It was, for the most part, a very dull affair before a splinter group of of about 100 protesters took off toward downtown, carrying a "Students for a Democratic Society'' banner and broadcasting a strange mix of rap and broadcast messages. <more>
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