September 1st, 2008

domestic dissent

St. Paul police protect citizens from protests

This article describes how...

Protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeted by a series of highly intimidating, sweeping police raids across the city, involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets.

Seriously? This is "the land of the free"? There's more. Police arrested...

dozens of people meeting at a public venue to plan a demonstration, charging them with no crime other than "fire code violations," and early this morning, the Sheriff's department sent teams of officers into at least four Minneapolis area homes where suspected protesters were staying.

That is not the Minnesota where I spent my formative years. Now the (bad type of) Republicans are screwing up the one state I still considered free of national politics. Dammit. If the Repubs manage to steal this presidential election, we should all protest in the streets until they go away... or arrest everyone who doesn't tow the line. Holy crap.

Thanks to ellen_datlow for the tip.

Good luck out there,
Chris