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Thousands Protest the War at the Republican Convention

While the Republicans prepared for a subdued opening to their convention, the protesters were out in full-force. An event called "March on the RNC" drew 8,000 to 10,000 people with seven arrests.

The group chanted slogans like "war is not pro-life" and displayed signs against President Bush, who canceled plans to speak at the convention because of the hurricane. The protesters paraded across St. Paul, from the state capitol to the Xcel Center, where it's expected that John McCain will accept the Republican nomination later this week.


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prncssann1 prncssann1 8 years
Why do these people think anyone cares about their opinions? Most of them look like they need to get an education, get a job, and get some stronger meds for their mental illness. It's always the liberal groups that pull this crap and I think more attention needs to be brought to that fact.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Lil, we all support a peaceful protest. It's the violence that has us up in arms. It's a shame that these anarchists chose to strike just the RNC.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
The violence is sad, and uncalled for in a situation like this. I am really surprised at the amount of people who are being really critical of the peaceful protestors, calling them "hippies", etc. (I'm not calling out anyone in particular, I read the comments this morning so I don't even remember) I'm hoping this is just a passing of judgement, and that deep down we all support our fellow American's right to peacefully protest for anything they'd like to. Whenever I see a peaceful protest I'm really proud that someone is trying to make a difference.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
That's awful.
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 8 years
I saw something yesterday about some anarchists throwing sandbags on delegation buses from an overpass. That right there could kill people. Haven't heard anything about them being caught, so, wheee, that was fun! Idiots.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Violence is not okay, regardless of which side, or the cause. It is a disservice to people, and to the views they espouse. Saying that, sadly, it happens on both sides as we all know - from clinic bombings to war protests and presidential shootings/attempts. The biggest concern I have is when protest, or the ability to do so, is tarnished by bad behaviour. Freedom of Assembly is in our Constitution. And the right to do so MUST be protected, and alternatively it MUST NOT be abused. As passionately as I feel about numerous left causes, at no point does that give us the right to physically attack someone for whom we do not share views. Poor form, poor form.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
There were protestors in Denver. The party fenced them off in "free speech zones", remember?
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Catchy chant in the video..."Get up - get down - blah, blah, blah, something about the war"
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
No they weren't at the DNC. A report on CNN said they thought some would show up but none did. But it makes sense -- they are trying to appeal to the President -- the President wasn't scheduled to be at the DNC so no protest.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Trust ME, if they ever gave Will Ferrell his own sitcom, you'd see a revival of that genre and reality television would be dealt a serious blow!
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
trust me, if people stopped spending their money, things would change.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
YY, people who run corporations are even less accountable than politicians and even politicians don't care about protests. Before corporations really took over the government you could make a difference, but now that capital is essentially borderless, our laws are now being written by the G8, the WTF and World Bank. NAFTA and GATT now supersede our own regulations regarding currency, trade and even production. So there.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
it used to mean something. ghandi, MLK, worker strikes, vietnam, etc. violent protests are pointless and defeat the purpose, but protesting CAN do something if it's directed at the right people. in 2008 we should not be protesting against the government, we should be protesting against (and boycotting) corporations. money speaks louder than words. and when that happens, things will change.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
What Not To Wear. Protest style. Just as expected the peace lovin freaks gotta end up being violent, completely embarassing the whole movement. were they at the DNC?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
That made me chuckle.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
When are people going to realize that protesting does nothing? Holding a sign or chanting or wearing costumes is not going to make the president say "My God! I didn't realize that a hand-full of unwashed hippies were against my decision to invade Iraq! It's time we reviewed my decision before they do a performance art piece!" If you want to affect change in America, you must use violence. Oh, or vote. I keep forgetting which one.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I'm sure the 8000 other hippies are pissed at the ones that are screwing up and beating people with their peace signs.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I saw this on the news this morning and thought "WTF?" Doesn't make much sense to march for "peace" if you are going to be violent yourself! Maybe Miss Peace Sign needs to look up the word peace in a dictionary!!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
No need for the "?", GS. I like it as a direct statement: Does this even make sense. (PERIOD) Leaving that as a question could lead to friends of "Miss Peace Sign", to actually try and justify this zaniness.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
They aren't helping their cause at all. Foolishness.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
making liberals look bad blech.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I forgot a ?.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Wow Jill, I hadn't heard that. What were these people thinking? Does this even make sense to them. Stop the violence or we will beat you up!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I heard that Anarchists were throwing a "toxic" substance that got in the Conneticut delegate's eyes and stained their clothes! Another state's delegates had a brick thrown in through the window of their bus! This is a little more than your average sign holding peace sign waving protest!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Peaceful protesting should remain peaceful and not turn into this :mob:
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