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Nearly 300 arrested the first day.  Estimated 10,000 protesters (at least 5000 in one march).  Estimated 200 "anarchists", separate from the main march, who destroyed property in the park.  Reports of badly placed walls of police trapping people (intentionally or not)  where "go this way" "go that way" apparently led to the trapped people's arrests, whether they were protesters or not.  Reports of people who showed their arresting police maps from their hotel and concert tickets "we're just trying to get to the concert" being arrested.  And... an AP reporter and the liberal celebrity and hard driving news anchorwoman Amy Goodman!

--- Quote ---AP photographer, Democracy Now! host arrested
by Scott Bauer

An Associated Press photographer and a Democracy Now! TV and radio show host were among those arrested at an anti-war march on the first day of the Republican National Convention. Both were released hours later.

Police said Tuesday they arrested 286 people during Monday's event. Most of the estimated 10,000 people in the march were peaceful, but small groups that police said numbered about 200 broke windows, slashed tires and harassed delegates.

AP photographer Matt Rourke was covering the protest when he was swept up by police moving in on a group of protesters in downtown St. Paul. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was arrested as she asked police in riot gear about the status of two producers who had been arrested, one of whom she had heard was bleeding. The producers also were released later.

David Ake, an AP assistant chief of bureau in Washington, said he was concerned by the arrest of Rourke, a Philadelphia-based photographer.

"Covering news is a constitutionally protected activity, and covering a riot is part of that coverage," Ake said. "Photographers should not be detained for covering breaking news."

Phil Carruthers, director of the prosecution division of the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, said Monday night that no charges against Rourke were anticipated. Rourke, held on a gross misdemeanor riot charge, was released early Tuesday.

Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties, Democracy Now! said in a statement. Democracy Now! said Kouddous and Salazar were arrested on a felony riot charge while Goodman was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a legal process and interference with a peace officer.

All three appeared on Goodman's show on Tuesday and recounted their experience. A video of Goodman's arrest, aired on her program and also posted on YouTube, shows her begging police not to arrest her before being taken away in handcuffs.


On the Net:

Goodman's arrest:

The Associated Press

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We live in a police state, in case you haven't noticed. :(

(forgot to link the original article; here's a different AP host, so it might differ slightly)

Nice, the youtube link in the AP article was taken down!!!  (EDIT: My bad; looks like the AP just mistyped it.)

Here's the one linked from Amy's news program:

Hopefully I won't get in major trouble; I'm packing a lot of equipment for Thursday.

Dave Barry is fucking hilarious


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