CHAOS AT THE CAPITOL!! Massive Protest & Arrests in St. Paul

September 4, 2008

Founding Bloggers correspondents Andrew Marcus and Mike Kadela called in from the Minnesota State Capitol Building on the chaotic protest that is developing.

Officials in St. Paul encouraged state workers to leave early today.
There are reports that the police are arresting random protesters and concerns that there may be a huge crackdown at 5:00 PM.

UPDATE: There were multiple arrests at the capitol.
The situation is very tense.
There are 3,000- 5,000 protesters gathered at the capitol.

The protesters are very agitated.

UPDATE: The protesters attempted to march to the Xcel Center from the capitol. They were stopped at John Ireland Boulevard and Rice Street in-between the capitol and the cathedral. Protesters on bikes are riding around at the intersection. The police ordered the protesters to disperse about 25 minutes ago but the protesters did not hear them or want to hear them.

Someone is writing in the intersection with chalk: “F-the Police!”

UPDATE: The majority of the protesters departed back to the capitol building. They do not have a permit to protest there tonight so things could get really crazy.

UPDATE: The crowd is taunting the police at the capitol. So far there is a very tense standoff.

Check back for updates—

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10 Responses to CHAOS AT THE CAPITOL!! Massive Protest & Arrests in St. Paul

  1. thebronze on September 4, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Less Hippies – More Stick-Time!

  2. Chris on September 4, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Anything new? Got some pics?

  3. Harry Schell on September 4, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Indeed, those who would have us be so tolerant of their views are the most intolerant of others’.

    This is what the 2nd Amendment is about, that individuals should be able to successfully disagree with mobs. I feel confident these worthies are brave in the mob, craven when solo.

  4. Ringo the Gringo on September 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    You’re doing a great job!

    Keep up the good work.

  5. Thomas Paine on September 5, 2008 at 12:51 am

    If they cannot protest, what good is our freedom.

    If the police are for keeping the peace, why aren’t they marching with the protesters?

  6. Dan Maloney on September 5, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Dear Thomas,

    If the protesters were about peace, then why weren’t they protesting the Russian invasion of Georgia? I haven’t seen a single one of those groups do a protest outside a Russian consulate in the U.S..

    Probably because peace has nothing to do with their protests, and their handlers would object.

    Dan Maloney
    NY State Coordinator
    Gathering of Eagles

  7. The brain on September 5, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Thomas, I’m sure the police would be more forgiving of the protestors if they were not spending their time trying to kill or injure the people whom they disagree with by spraying them with acid and dropping rocks on their busses.

  8. Thomas Paine on September 5, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Well the Georgian and Russian conflict had many many sides to it. If NATO wasn’t so involved in the region, Georgia wouldn’t have felt they could take a stronger hold of south ossetia, and then russia wouldn’t have felt threatened and invaded. Also, those countries are not America, that is expecting a lot to have protests against another country that doesnt directly effect us.

    If you think the protesters were trying to kill anyone, you are just plain foolish. But when a point of view is continuously pushed under the rug, eventually problems emerge.

  9. BarbaraS on September 5, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    If you think the protesters were trying to kill anyone, you are just plain foolish. But when a point of view is continuously pushed under the rug, eventually problems emerge.

    And you are just plain stupid. You don’t know world geography so don’t try to spin this. South Ossetta is part of Georgia. This is recognized internationally. It has oil pipe lines running through it. The Russians want control of the pipelines. End of story. Whatever garbage you have been fed it is a lie. But then you people just repeat whatever you are told to repeat. You have no minds of your own. You are sheep following the words of your master.

  10. Thomas Paine on September 6, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    its fun to simplify and change a story, right Barb?
    Sure the Russian’s want to control the pipeline, like we wanted to control the pipeline through Afganistan back in 2001, but if that was the reason for invading, why didnt the Russians finish what they started? hmmm?

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