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RNC: Riot Police in Minivans

 by Keith Goetzman


Tags: Politics, Republican National Convention, protests, protesters, police,

There were far fewer arrests and detentions on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, but the evening wasn’t without its drama as riot police and protesters played a tense cat-and-mouse game all over downtown. Here’s some behind-the-scenes video footage of a phalanx of police rolling in and setting up to contain protesters coming from the Minnesota State Capitol at about 7:30 p.m. It’ll change the way you think about minivans:

And here’s footage of the main protest procession as it passes the intersection of Cedar and Seventh streets:

The protesters had just marched from the State Capitol after police prevented political rockers Rage Against the Machine from playing a widely leaked “unannounced” set at the Ripple Effect concert. The demonstrators ended up marching to the Xcel Energy Center, site of the RNC, and then back to the Capitol.

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