If Democrats come, so will war protesters

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 22, 2010 - 11:27 PM

Groups opposing the war in Afghanistan said they will be out in force if Minneapolis lands the Democratic convention. But the numbers are likely to be off from 2008 in St. Paul.

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johnsopinionJul. 22, 1011:32 PM

Nobody can put on a LEGAL, CIVIL, PROFITABLE political convention here. It's been proven at least once. So much for freedom of expression here. We should be ashamed....

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joycen62Jul. 23, 1012:32 AM

Conventions mean money. If we only could convince the Hardware Show, the Housewares show, the Electronics Show to visit our land. In some cases, twice a year. We have lost our manufacturing economy to corporations shipping jobs overseas. This is what's left. We are a consumer spending driven economy, instead of creating a product from raw materials. Every convention Minnesota misses takes money out of the wallets of Minnesota residents.

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montaguezxJul. 23, 1012:41 AM

The problem is that law enforcement during the last convention was unwilling and too lazy to see the difference. They decided on the one size fits all response to differing protesters and bought themselves nothing but false arrest claims and lawsuits as a result. Anarchists are thugs who masquerade as protesters. They are no different than thieves who loot stores during a riot. Peaceful protesters who do not identify these thugs to the police and aid in their arrest are as much to blame as those breaking windows. No one has ever struck a blow for freedom of speech and defense of liberty by torching a police car or looting a Star Bucks and they know that Anarchists would be the first people killed if they were ever able to build the world that they envision. Let the DNC convention come to Minneapolis so we can show the world that 2008 was a mistake and we want a do over.

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cunderwood4Jul. 23, 1012:53 AM

The RNC in St Paul two years ago was a disaster. Hundreds of storm troopers intimidated peaceful antiwar protesters, pepper-sprayed the innocent, arrested hundreds who were following police orders. Two broken store windows and a broken squad car window were used to justify $50 million in putting St Paul under siege. Local businesses lost a bundle because the streets were blockaded and shoppers were scared away by police intimidation and threats. Ramsey County sheriff Bob Fletcher conducted illegal searches, arrests and seizure in many areas well outside his jurisdiction (which may explain why law enforcement in others areas eventually came down so hard on the Gang Strike Force). Why do we want to go through that again? Many of us who witnessed the police over-reaction in St Paul have still not recovered, and I doubt that police/community relations ever will.

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mobydick1Jul. 23, 10 6:40 AM

I can understand protesting the wars. Most wars have been instigated to enhance the status of a certain segment of our society. President Bush's war was more inane than most. The war in Afghanistan is especially perplexing. Russia didn't succeed in accomplishing anything and left. We are facinng the same thing that touching Uncle Remus' tar baby effected.

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lothlornJul. 23, 10 8:25 AM

Under Bush they were all against the war. Except Lieberman the senator from Israel. Or maybe he should be. If he was against the war, post and let me know? NOW THERE ALL WAR MONGERS. Really they are all FAKE HYPOCRITES. Ether be for it or against it but don't switch sides ,JUST BECAUSE Obama wants it.

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libertarianJul. 23, 10 8:28 AM

As a resident of DT ST. Paul I disagree with other posters here regarding the police presence during the RNC. A group of nice police officers from Cedar Rapids stood outside my ground level condo and I was happy to have them there. I stood with them and watched as a guy grabbed the reins of a police horse and was maced. Even when the protest moved on I kept waiting for someone to kick my windows in. I think the police showed a great amount of restraint given the pressure of the situation here and they have my gratitude for a job well done. If you owned a ground level property in DT St. Paul, you would probably have the same opinion.

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felix5Jul. 23, 10 8:31 AM

The city dosen't need another trashing.

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bluedevil101Jul. 23, 10 8:43 AM

So it is revealed: The protests were not about the war, they were about George W. Bush. Well, wait until the Dems come town with Obama. The protests will be far greater.

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tbrown141Jul. 23, 10 9:22 AM

I agree with bluedevil. The protesters at the RNC were more anti-Bush than anti-war. It would naturally follow then, that the number of anti-war protesters in a liberal haven like Mpls/STP would be down as it would only include those that were truly anti-war.

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