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St. Paul will provide protest pen for RNC protesters near Xcel Center
The city of St. Paul will provide a stage and amplified sound system for people to use near the Xcel Energy Center during the four days of the Republican National Convention.
The stage will be within the public viewing area, a triangle between Fifth St. and the Dorothy Day Center bounded by the westbound lanes of W. 7th St. That area is where people can gather to express their opinions within earshot and sight of the Xcel, news media outlets and delegates.
Delegates will be getting off their buses near W. 7th and Kellogg, within sight of the public viewing area.
About 35,000 delegates and spectators are expected to attend, and protesters have predicted that as many as 100,000 demonstrators will show up to the event.
The stage will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 1-4, and reservations will be accepted from today until Aug. 11.