UPDATE: One final thought. I have been covering these leftist rallys for years and there has been a palaple change, slow at first, increasingly clear. These malcontents have always been insane and bizarre but these protests have become more and more deranged and violent. That's the change -- they have taken it to a whole different level - they are violent and they enjoy the chaos and the violence.
The media is not covering this anarchy. America needs to see the left for what they are. it could not be more critical with the election just weeks away.
Apparently this bust with weapons most vile did little to damper the rage of the left.
The bus that Jim Hoft over (at Gateway Pundit) was on was hit by cement bags by the anarchists were throwing off the overpasses onto the interstate. The anarchists missed the bus in front of us and nailed our bus with a direct hit. He has more here.
The AP;s pictures only the the police reacting to subdue the crowd. The slant is sick.
Obama still has not denounced Fowler's coldblooded and disgusting glee over Gustav.
Violent march to GOP convention AP hat tip van
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Protesters smashed windows, punctured car tires and threw bottles Monday during an anti-war march to the site of the Republican National Convention. Police used pepper spray in confrontations with demonstrators and arrested five.
Police estimates of the crowd shifted during the event before settling on 8,000 to 10,000. The crowd was clearly in the thousands, many of them marching peacefully.
About 20 anarchists who had started the trash bin fire later tried to block the intersection of St. Peter and Exchange streets. Police quickly dispersed the group, then shot two tear gas canisters at the fleeing anarchists.
[...]Wearing black clothes, bandanas and gas masks, some of their members smashed windows of cars and stores. They tipped over newspaper boxes, pulled a big trash bin into the street, bent the rear view mirrors on a bus and flipped heavy stone garbage bins on the sidewalks.
One man who seemed to be the leader of the group carried a yellow flag with the motto "Don't Tread on Me." The group chanted: "Whose streets? Our streets!"
Meanwhile, a group of about 100 anarchists pushed a trash bin filled with trash and threw garbage in the streets and at cars. They also took down orange detour road signs. One of them used a screwdriver to puncture the back tire of a limousine waiting at an intersection and threw a wooden board at the vehicle, denting its side. Another hurled a glass bottle at a charter bus that had stopped at an intersection. The bottle smashed into pieces but didn't appear to damage the bus.
Here's some video from St. Paul and the Convention. The first two are fairly interesting, scenes from the Convention Floor and the riots outside. Very bizarre, like street theater, with photographers right in the thick of, or on the edge of, the violence watching it all play out. (hat tip Van)
Gateway had this:
The Leftist, anarchist, Obama-supporting radicals attacked RNC delegates today at the Xcel Center and sprayed them with a toxic substance.
An 80 year old RNC delegate had to be hospitalized!!
MyFOX Twin Cities reported:
As the Connecticut delegation was getting off a bus near the Xcel Center, a group of protesters broke free from authorities and attacked the delegates.
Connecticut delegate Rob Simmons told FOX 9 that a group of protesters came toward his delegation and tried to rip the credentials off their necks and sprayed them with a toxic substance.
The unknown substance burned their eyes and stained their clothes.
One 80-year-old member of the delegation had to be treated for injuries, and several other delegates had to rinse their eyes and clothing.
The Everyday Republican has a report on the monstrous attacks on the elderly delegates.
One of the victims was an elderly woman who was spat on.
The Pioneer Press wrote about more attacks on Republican delegates:
Protesters harassed two state delegations in St. Paul to attend the Republican National Convention Monday. Someone threw a rock through the window as delegates from Alabama rode their bus to the Xcel Energy Center, where RNC events took place. And masked protesters confronted and harassed the Connecticut delegation — several of them were spat upon, roughed up and doused with a mixture of water and bleach.
Heath Fahle, director of the Connecticut Republicans, said the incident happened on Kellogg Boulevard about 2 p.m.
"It was frightening," said Fahle.
He said the delegation of more than 100 got off their chartered buses near the Xcel Energy Center. As they walked on the sidewalk, a group of masked protestors chanting anti-war slogans appeared in front of them.
They linked arms, attempting to create a human barricade. As police on horseback arrived, Fahle and other members of the group tried to push through.
Most of them escaped unscathed, but the protesters splattered the last group of delegates with the liquid.
"Two got doused, and several more got sprayed with it," said Fahle. Former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons was hit on the face with the liquid.