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Veterans Memorial March to RNC, March and Civil Disobedience, 8/31/08: photos
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.]
Cops didn't really make much effort to stop the few dozen who chose to ignore the permitted route and head down St. Peter.
As the majority of the marchers turn and head back to capital lawn.
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 held them for arrest in this location.
About 15 minutes after this photo was taken, the wall of cops directed all onlookers to move on as barricade breachers were arrested.