RNC protesters consider court actionby Toni Randolph, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Anti-war protesters say they may go to court to try to get the parade route they want during the Republican National Convention in September.
They are considering court action after the Saint Paul City Council Wednesday rejected their request to change the route police gave the protesters.
The demonstrators say the alternate route will not accommodate the 50,000 people they expect to participate.
Attorney Bruce Nestor is representing the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War. He said the Council's decision short-changes the protesters.
"It's giving a priority to the Republicans to disrupt traffic, burden police and cause problems for businesses and hospitals. It's not recognizing that allowing the voices of the citizens to be heard and not just politicians is part of what should be part of this democratic exercise in having a political convention," Nestor said.
The police cite public safety issues in selecting the route they authorized.