RNC: Photos from Monday's Protest

| 9/2/2008 12:36:01 AM

I arrived at the Minnesota State Capitol on Monday shortly before 1 p.m., when the march on the Xcel Center was scheduled to begin. Things were already in full swing, with protesters assembling on the capitol lawn and making last-minute adjustments to their signs, costumes, and props.

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The march began roughly on time, with a slow but determined mass moving down the capitol’s hill toward downtown Saint Paul. I began walking next to an anti-capitalist black bloc. An exuberant young man with a megaphone led protesters in chants of “No war but the class war!” and “A … Anti … Anti-Capitalista!”—after which last chant I heard a Bloc member behind me confide to his friend, “I don’t even know what that means.”

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I really, really hoped he was kidding. After Megaphone Guy announced that protestors had smashed the windows of a bus full of delegates and the people around me cheered, claustrophobia began to set in and I decided to peel away from this group and observe other portions of the march.

Gary Ashcraft
9/2/2008 4:01:44 PM

Old Russian Proverb: Meet The New Boss, Same As Old Boss. I had a Prof in college who had a saying. Institutions can only be changed by Revolutions, who thus in turn become Institutions that must be overthrown by Revolutions, who then become Institutions, that can only changed by Revolutions, who then in turn become Instutions that must be overthrown by Revolutions. AD INFINITUM Gary Ashcraft

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