[DEBATE] : (Fwd) St Paul, Minnesota: 50 000 anti-McCain protesters, many arrests
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Tue Sep 2 04:35:22 BST 2008
Dear EmailNation Subscriber,
This morning in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50,000 antiwar
protestors gathered for a big rally outside the state Capitol building
originally planned to coincide with the start of the now-delayed
Republican National Convention. In the face of this peaceful, permitted
protest, as Ari Berman reports, were a phalanx of cops seemingly ready
for the apocalypse, turning downtown St. Paul into a surreal scene
featuring tear gas and dozens of arrests. Berman also got exclusive
video of the aftermath of the violence.
Among the arrested, reports John Nichols, is radio host Amy Goodman, who
was detained with two members of her staff.
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Code Pink surrounded by riot police
Coldsnaplegal twitter <http://twitter.com/coldsnaplegal> (they are reliable
and on the streets)
Code Pink is w/ Mothers Against the War. They're being pushed against
Wabasha Bridge by 150 riot cops now.
The police are out of control. Code Pink? Did someone throw a pink slip at a
FYI: My blog RNC protests <http://polizeros.com/tag/rnc-protests/> tags.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2008
Denis Moynihan 917-549-5000
Mike Burke 646-552-5107, mike at democracynow.org
ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in
downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police
violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her.
Video of her arrest can be seen here:
Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now!
producers who were being unlawfully detained. They are Sharif Abdel
Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while
they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street
demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman's crime
appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and
Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently
being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul.
Democracy Now! is calling on all journalists and concerned citizens to
call the office of Mayor Chris Coleman and the Ramsey County Jail and
demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. These
calls can be directed to: Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman's office at
651-266-8535 and the Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0).
Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this
action by Twin Cities law enforcement as a clear violation of the
freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.
During the demonstration in which they were arrested law enforcement
officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and
excessive force. Several dozen others were also arrested during this action.
Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists
in the United States. She has received journalism's top honors for her
reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The
arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar is a transparent attempt to
intimidate journalists from the nation's leading independent news outlet.
Democracy Now! is a nationally syndicated public TV and radio program
that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.
Video of Amy Goodman's Arrest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ
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