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RNC Protests Day 4 WARNING: The video contains extreme language. St. Paul's wild week of world-class protests ended Thursday with a flurry of demonstrations, mass arrests and traffic-stopping events. The videographer, Ben Garvin, was arrested after this was filmed and eventually released.
This is from the same paper that called these protests "weirdness". The left is morally ill: (Twin Cities)
They've been painted as masked, violent marauders coming from out of state to wreak havoc on St. Paul.
But many of the young people who have been arrested in RNC-related protests are peaceful, college-educated idealists who got swept up by overzealous police, according to protesters, attorneys and parents.
St. Paul's wild week of world-class protests ended Thursday with a flurry of demonstrations, mass arrests and traffic-stopping events.
But as the final protests of the week wound down Thursday night, St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington sighed with relief.
"I'm glad this is almost over," Harrington said during a mass arrest of about 300 people on the Marion Street bridge over Interstate 94.
"I would have loved to have people express their First Amendment rights. But there were people who came here to disrupt, not to protest."
He said demonstrators wanted to rattle the Republican National Convention. But even with the sit-down strikes, chanting and a few cases of vandalism and assaults, the show went on inside the Xcel Energy Center.
As of early this morning, the total number of people arrested in RNC-related incidents this week was 818, according to a preliminary tally from the Ramsey County sheriff's office. That figure includes 716 arrests in Ramsey County and 102 arrests in Minneapolis.
On Thursday, 396 people were arrested, with 90 percent of them misdemeanors, according to the Ramsey County sheriff's department. However, some of those arrested Thursday had guns or other weapons, Harrington said.
On Thursday, the anti-war demonstrators, facing their last chance at a national audience before the elections in November, finished with a flourish.