Republican Convention Begins with Arrests and Distractions
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UPDATE | 09:30pm EST - Reports are now surfacing that journalist Amy Goodman, of DemocracyNow, is one of several journalists that was arrested at the RNC on Monday.
[Amy Goodman's] arrest comes amid accusations of police brutality in St. Paul. I-Witness founder Eileen Clancy was arrested and detained last Saturday by the police in an apparent preemptive arrest. Clancy states she and her team were surrounded in the house they were staying at in St. Paul before they had the chance to video tape any protests.
The police handcuffed Clancy and her team and claimed they were waiting for their search warrant. The officers were armed and at least one police offer was carrying an M-16, Clancy wrote in her blog.
In addition to preemptive arrests, the police are responding aggressively to the presence of protesters.
Court hearing for those arrested today will tomorrow @ 8am @ Ramsey Co Courthouse.
PREVIOUSLY - 06:36pm PST
The Republican Party has gaveled its 2008 presidential nominating convention to order, ready to have Sen. John McCain carry the party's banner this fall against Democrat Barack Obama.
The party stuck with its plan to proceed with the long-planned convention despite the distraction of Hurricane Gustav's strike along the Gulf Coast earlier Monday. President Bush, who had been expected to appear at the convention Monday night, called that off so he could go to Texas to monitor the storm developments.
Party chairman Robert Duncan told delegates Monday's session would be abbreviated and he urged them and people watching at home to help people whose lives have been disrupted by the hurricane.
Police are now wearing gas masks as they prepare to meet protesters. Reporters for The UpTake have live streaming cameras watching today's demonstration outside the Xcel Center.
Two more legal observers arrested at Spring & Shepard. So much going on we can't type fast enough to report it.
Cops loading mass amounts of people into vans (down by the river no less) and other vehicles and taking them away. #RNC08