Saturday, August 30, 2008

Crackdown begins: Food Not Bombs house
among raids ahead of Republican convention

Aided by informants planted in protest groups, authorities raided at least six buildings across St. Paul and Minneapolis to stop an "anarchist" plan to disrupt this week's Republican National Convention.

The highly intimidating, sweeping police raids involved teams of 25 to 30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets.

Prior to the raids, not a single act of violence or illegality had taken place.

Activists, many of whom were detained and then released without charges, described the raids as intimidation designed to quash free speech. Journalists and lawyers were among those detained by police.

The Minneapolis Food Not Bombs house was one of the sites raided. The search warrant for the Food Not Bombs house lists items such as Molotov cocktails, maps of St. Paul, duct tape, brake fluid, hollowed-out puppets and feces.

Read the Minneapolis Star-Tribune report here and the Minnesota Independent reports here. And check out Glenn Greenwald's commentary in Salon here.


At 10:47 PM, Anonymous yasmin said...

ah jackie.. always on top of things. did you know that Amy Goodman was one of the folks arrested?

I miss you guys!


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