LIVEBLOG: McCain Speaks to RNC, As Protesters Claim 150 Arrested
As NowPublic member Mikasi reporter earlier here, protesters were engaged in clashes with riot police in St Paul, outside of the Republican National Convention, where John McCain spoke this evening.
Current reports indicate that between 100 and 150 people have been arrested on the Marion Bridge.
07:52pm EST - McCain criticizes war
07:50pm EST - Is the crowd maintaining its attention on McCain's speech?
07:45pm EST - C-Span is providing Twitter coverage of the RNC here: http://rnc08.c-span.org/?page_id=338
McCain proposes plan to continue domestic and off-shore drilling and produce more oil.
07:42pm EST - McCain's speech continues to be criticized:
07:39pm EST - McCain's speech is criticized for being "tired" and "boring":
07:35pm EST - Is McCain being thrown off by all of the interruptions?
Hecklers were apparently from anti-war group Code Pink.
07:24pm EST - McCain: "Please don't be diverted by the ground noise and the static." As 'hecklers' are escorted out of the building.
Chants of "U-S-A" keep drowning out McCain. Problems with the green screen behind McCain.
07:10pm EST -
Meanwhile, inside the RNC, the McCain promo video is rolling...
06:58pm EST -
06:53pm EST - "Lies and Confinement"
i didn't see safe messages from everyone, so i assume some twitters are face down on the bridge right now being sent to jail half a minute ago from web
06:45pm EST - Arrests Being Made
reporter says 150 more being arrested. less than a minute ago from web
100+ people on marion bridge detained, plastic handcuffed face down 4 minutes ago from web
wcco.com is going to have raw video of the flash bangs and tear gas 1 minute ago from web
In response to the arrest of Democracy Now host Amy Goodman and other reporters earlier this week, the YouTube clip featuring her arrest has already been viewed an incredible 508,000 times. It will be interesting to see what the response to (and fallout from) today's arrests will be:
[A] 49-second YouTube video showing the arrest of one of the four -- "Democracy Now!" host/King Features Syndicate columnist Amy Goodman -- has received more than 508,000 views.
In a statement released this afternoon, the NAHJ called on "police and local and federal officials to respect the First Amendment right to free speech and free press of journalists doing their job, especially as it relates to coverage of recent political conventions and the surrounding public protests. Reporters have a duty and a constitutional right to be present at sometimes volatile events and situations, and to inform the public."
The NAHJ noted that an ABC News producer had been arrested at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last week, and that the four journalists arrested Monday also included an Associated Press photographer (Matt Rourke) as well as two "Democracy Now!" producers (Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar) Goodman was trying to help. They were released with charges that included suspicion of felony riot and misdemeanor interference with a police officer.