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Authorities have been preparing for RNC, anarchists for a year.
And the only ones that disagree are those lefties who want the opposition silenced, that's their idea of demorracy!
Was scraping Amy Goodman's radio producer's face on the pavement an appropriate show of police force? There had been no provocation, and they identified themselves as the Press! When asked about this, they also used excessive force in arrested Amy Goodman, and the Secret Service took away her credentials. Is it also appropriate for police to brutally provoke confrontation with peacefully assembled protesters? Is it okay with you to have police break into houses occupied by journalists? If it is okay with you joe1701, remember that you may someday be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The abuse of power and brutality we are seeing in St. Paul are outrageous in a democracy!
That being said, I do not condone the actions of the anarchists or other agents provocateurs. And, there are good cops and bad, just like there are mostly good protesters and a few people just being destructive.
Was arresting the AP photographer who was documenting the whole mess an appropriate gesture, too?
What is gained by jailing reporters? Certainly not good will. Strib editorial staff, you blew this one, and so did the police.
Most protesters were peaceful and if the Rage against the Machine concert was any indicator, the police overreacted. It seems that anyone with a left-of-center political possition in the Twin Cities has been harassed, shooed away or worse, smoke bombed and brutalized. Shame on the police and the media for trying to paint an innacurate picture of what happened here.
The police actions at the Republican convention seem to fit these poetic words by Pablo Neruda in her book: Absence and Presence.
"Tyranny cuts off the singer's head, but the voice from the bottom of the well returns to the secret springs of the earth and rises out of nowhere through the mouths of the people."
I'm doing research on arrest statistics for various moving violations in Minneapolis. I called the Minneapolis 5th precinct last Tuesday and Wednesday to speak to someone in the traffic division and they told me they couldn't even consider helping me until after the convention because all the people were in meetings and preparation for the convention in St Paul. Hmmmm
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