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Fighting Against Criminalization of Protest: The Political Persecution of the RNC 8
Leslie Rose / Revolution
A very important case is unfolding in Minnesota—8 people are being singled out by the government for their role in the political protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC). At the September ’08 RNC in St Paul, war criminal John McCain and right-wing religious fundamentalist Sarah Palin were being selected as the Republican ticket for the presidential race. The national media spent endless hours on things like Palin’s unmarried pregnant daughter. Meanwhile, the streets of St. Paul were turned into a militarized zone with massive police mobilization. Over the course of four days, thousands defied the armed clampdown to make known their opposition to U.S. wars-torture-spying and the imperialist globalization that has brought suffering to a huge section of humanity and caused catastrophic environmental damage. Over 800 people were arrested and scores were brutalized by the police. Even before the protests started, law enforcement authorities carried out preemptive raids and arrests of activists and independent journalists throughout Minneapolis/St. Paul (the Twin Cities). Among those arrested were 8 who are now being targeted for persecution, facing over 12 years in prison. They are known as the RNC 8.

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