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Veterans Memorial March to RNC, March and Civil Disobedience, 8/31/08: photos
by dave id
Sunday Aug 31st, 2008 9:48 PM
Veterans for Peace, local 115 from Red Wing, MN, organized a march with affiliates from around the country on the day prior to the beginning of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Before the march even started, organizers announced that the march would be splitting into two groups, one that would follow the permitted march route and another that would engage in civil disobedience by taking a non-authorized route and attempting to reach the Xcel Center, site of the 2008 RNC.

Permitted march begins, led by electronic sign on cop golf cart that flashed, "March Route" and "Follow Me."

[Post on prior events at St. Paul Capital Building at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/08/31/18531484.php.]
§9/11 Was an Inside Job
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§Pro Peace, Pro Soldier
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§Anti-Torture Contingent
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§Casket
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§It's All a Big Joke
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§Organizer Re-Iterating Civil Disobedience Option for Marchers
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Cops didn't really make much effort to stop the few dozen who chose to ignore the permitted route and head down St. Peter.
§Civil Disobedience Break-Off March Goes Their Own Way
by dave id Sunday Aug 31st, 2008 9:48 PM

As the majority of the marchers turn and head back to capital lawn.
§Unpermitted Veterans for Peace March
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§Riot Police Move Into Barricaded Area to Deal with Breachers
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§Two More Woman Sneak into Area and Are Met by Riot Police
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They slipped past a spot where barricades were not bolted to building they were up against.

Also, the Minnesota National Guard came by to witness the action, although they just stood around, as most of the cops did, including the riot cops inside of the barricades.
§Cops Discussing the Obvious Problems with Their Barriers
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Cops held them for arrest in this location.
§Crowd Outside Barricades
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About 15 minutes after this photo was taken, the wall of cops directed all onlookers to move on as barricade breachers were arrested.
§Reinforcement Vehicles
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