Convention Beat: September 1, 2008 Archive

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Where they're going

Posted at 8:28 AM on September 1, 2008 by Tim Nelson (1 Comments)

Marchers are already starting to gather up at the State Capitol this morning. The first group of chanting demonstrators went by about five minutes ago, although it looks like a test march by guys in camo pants. (Remarkably, the street is still open to traffic for now. Our colleagues who went to Denver say that wouldn't have been the case if this were Colorado.)

Anyway, here's what the route looks like down by the Xcel Energy Center. This is what the public viewing area looked like last night.


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Bicycle cops directing protest traffic

Posted at 12:40 PM on September 1, 2008 by Molly Bloom (0 Comments)

A group of about 200 protesters broke off from the main protest route under the banner "Students for a Democratic Society." Police officers used pepper spray to halt the group at the intersection of 7th and Minnesota streets.

MPR's Michael Caputo sent in this picture through Twitter taken at the same spot. Here bicycle cops are creating a barricade to get the group back to the main route:

cops on7th on TwitPic

(Click on the picture for a larger image)

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The view from above

Posted at 1:18 PM on September 1, 2008 by Molly Bloom (0 Comments)

MPR's Jeff Horwich captured this shot of the main protest from our rooftop here in downtown St. Paul:

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Good luck getting downtown...

Posted at 2:08 PM on September 1, 2008 by Molly Bloom (0 Comments)

If you're a bus rider, it's going to be a bit tricky to get in or out of St. Paul.

Metro Transit has suspended transportation in downtown St. Paul and no buses will go in or out until downtown is clear.

Buses will not operate east of Rice, south of University, north of Kellogg, or west of Lafayette.

People who are already downtown can walk outside that area to catch buses, but they'll be running on a holiday schedule -- and that means buses will come about once an hour.

If you're driving, it may be a little easier, but not much. MnDOT says that roads are open as usual, but one of our reporters who was trying to drive downtown said that it was slow-going and that some streets had been forced to close due to the splinter protests that have broken off from the main route.

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The protests keep going...

Posted at 6:05 PM on September 1, 2008 by Molly Bloom (0 Comments)

...and so do the arrests.

Even though the protests were supposed to be over and done by 3 p.m., there was a group of about 50-100 people were detained at the corner of Jackson and Shepard at 5:30.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Department have confirmed that there have been at least 100 arrests today.

Most of the 10,000 protesters went along the route peacefully, but there have been splinter groups that have broken off and occupied much of the police's attention.

At Shepard Road, a group of people making their way to the SEIU Labor Day Festival on Harriet Island got caught up in a confrontation between one of the splinter groups and police. MPR reporter Paul Tosto tells us that many of those detained there were later released.

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All's (relatively) quiet on Harriet Island

Posted at 6:45 PM on September 1, 2008 by Molly Bloom (0 Comments)

MPR reporter Matt Peikien reports that the SEIU Labor Day Festival is a family-friendly, peaceful affair.

After the requisite bag check and the request to leave protest signs at the door, there is little police presence inside the event. There are people playing hacky sack and dancing while The Pharcyde performs and others waving to Republican delegates on a nearby river boat. Quite different from the scene on the other side of the river where people were detained only a little while ago.

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The Capitol Steps

Posted at 8:26 PM on September 1, 2008 by Tim Nelson (2 Comments)

Here's what the crowd looked like during the March on the RNC rally, about 11:30 this morning, before the trouble started. Polly Mann, of Women Against Military Madness, was speaking from the stage at the time.

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View from the ground

Posted at 10:48 PM on September 1, 2008 by Tim Nelson (0 Comments)

Instead of running this blog, I wound up doing a lot of radio today. But I took about 400 pictures while I was out there. He's a few of them.

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