September 1st, 2008
07:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Police arrest dozens of 'anarchists' outside GOP convention

Police in riot gear stand guard over protestors under arrest in St. Paul Monday.

Police in riot gear stand guard over protestors under arrest in St. Paul Monday.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - At least 56 people were arrested Monday after police fired rubber bullets and used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse a crowd demonstrating near the site of the Republican National Convention.

CNN photojournalists witnessed police detaining between 20 and 30 individuals with plastic handcuff a few blocks from the security perimeter around the Xcel Center in downtown St. Paul.

A crowd of 300 individuals was later seen conducting what appeared to be a sit-in at parking lot near the Mississippi River.

Earlier in the day a group of self-described anarchists threw park benches into streets and smashed windows Monday, police said.

Thomas Walsh, a public information officer for the St. Paul Police Department, said Monday afternoon said 13 people had been arrested so far, accused of damage to property and conspiracy to riot. Those arrested will be formally charged in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday, he said.

The arrest of the "anarchists" came after nearly 5,000 protesters marched peacefully outside the site of the Convention site. While Walsh described the individuals as a being part of a "splinter group" from the main body of protesters, he said it would not characterize their activity as being a protest.

"I think they did a disservice to those that came here to protest," he said.

- CNN's Kevin Myers and Joe Johns contributed to this report.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. denniseC

    Now how come they didn't arest anyone at the DNC convention?

    September 1, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Chris n UT


    "do something good for someone else before complaining and protesting?"

    First, complaining and protesting are two separate entities. Second that "good for someone" is all of America. Do you know what the Federal Reserve has done to us? Do you know what not declaring war on a country is? It is (simple really) a propagandist profit machine eating at our economy.

    To the rest of ya, keep your partisan and left/right wing junk at the door.

    September 1, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. Jude

    Just keeps looking familiar. These Republicans can't help but be vindictive. Once we had a Vice President who urged his stooges to release the name of a CIA operative just to be vindictive.Now another VP trying trying to fire an ex-inlaw before she gets to the Whitehouse. A sorry familiar story. It ain't over. Is this the person to finish the Iraqi war should John McCain collapses while serving as president? Goodluck America.

    September 1, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. txgal44

    Tune into C-SPAN. Some very interesting stuff going on there. Nov. 4 can't come soon enough. It's so over for the Repubs. They'll need to rebuild again. It's about time, don't you think.

    September 1, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. bridgette

    I don't know why people are trying to blame this on Obama because he and McCain are not the only two people running for President. Alot of those people are Ron Paul supporters. Which if I am not mistaken he is a Republican. And you can best believe that alot of them are Ralph Nader supporters as well, so I am not quite sure how this is being blamed on Obama. People don't like the Republicans and it's just that simple.

    September 1, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. David

    First, these protestors are not Democrats. Second, Democrats and Republican's alike should be stepping up and defending these people's right to protest. Those who caused damage should be held accountable, but it does not seem that all of these people were behaving that way. You may not like or agree with other people's political opinions, but last time I checked, their rights to those opinions are guaranteed in our Constitution, and alot of people have fought and died defending those rights.

    September 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. here is to common sense

    Peaceful protest is one thing...

    Destruction of property is another...

    September 1, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Blaze

    To John, FL and Cole,

    They weren't throwing park benches and breaking windows in colorado like the protesters here were. Protesting IS a constitutional right UNTIL damage of property public or personal starts and then it turns into a crime cause it is life endangering and just wrong. You cannot be arrested for peaceful, sign holding protests. The ones that did not throw stuff around were NOT arrested. So dont defend the ones that were doing the wrong things, because then you just join their group and make your party look bad.

    September 1, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. ijimm

    for all the libs out there....Will you ever get sick and tired of being "sick and tired" all the time? Cronic complaining. Almost all Americans know what you are against. What are you for?

    George Bush will be 100% vindicated for ignoring your self-defeating demands all these years

    September 1, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. elias

    so sade RNC

    September 1, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. a kehoe

    oh my god, you people... anarchists aren't democrats. all of you saying these are democrats protesting better look at a dictionary and find out what anarchy means. it means a rejection of all compulsory government and a rejection of the state. oh wait, conservatives don't rely on facts. i forgot.

    September 1, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. Paul Dobro

    Real Americans using the their right of free speech, beaten by an oppressive police force that is more worried about allowing the GOP to be embarressed then allowing personal freedoms.

    September 1, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Ryan from New Mexico

    just reflects the values of Democratic platforms....NONE ORGANIZATION

    September 1, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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