Police attack protesters at State Capitol; arrest 4

from the Star Tribune:

Dozens of police officers in riot gear and on horesback flooded onto the State Capitol lawn at about 4 p.m. today in a confrontation with about 400 people who had gathered for an anti-war protest on the final day of the Republican National Convention.

The group plans to march to the Xcel Energy Center as delegates begin arriving to hear John McCain’s acceptance speech.

Meredith Aby, a spokesperson for the Anti-War Committee, said the group’s permit expires at 5 p.m., which she called unsatisfactory because they want the delegates to know their views against the war. So the group plans to march without a permit.

“They are trying to steal our protest,” Katrina Plotz said from the rally stage in front of the Captol steps. “We need to ignore the police intimidation.”

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