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This is going to be a quickie for a variety of reasons, but I want anyone who may already be in the Twin Cities or are on their way there to protest aware of what is going on.

I received this email from my son last night.  He is currently on a plane (or trying to get on a plane as he was on the standby list) to the Twin Cities.

PRESS STATEMENT FROM RNC WELCOMING COMMITTEE AFTER SHERIFF AND SPPD RAID OF CONVERGENCE SPACE

FRIDAY AUGUST 29 2008

Assitant Police Chief Bostrom has talked about the St. Paul Standard, and on the anniversary of last years’ critical mass police riot, we saw its true face. The ramsey county sheriff’s dept and the SPPD raided the RNC convergence space and detained over 50 people in an attempt to preempt planned protests of the rnc on Monday.

Looking for items found in any twin cities house like jars, paint, and rags, this attempt to portray us as criminals and destroy our credibility has already backfired as evidenced by the masses who have come to support us.

We are now accused of a simple fire code violation - which is outside the scope of the sheriffs department and clearly not justified provocation for a forceful raid with guns being drawn. Children and elderly people were inside the convergence center when the police violently busted down the doors. The police may claim that the raid was executed according to protocol - however, the violence inherent in this action may only be a hint of the violence to be expected on Monday and beyond, and is only a hint at the violence perpetrated daily by the police.

The convergence center is simply a gathering place and is not used for illegal actions - it is a place for workshops and trainings. Tonight we were watching films and sharing food.

This action will not deter us from our plans to protest the RNC on September 1st. We want to invite all people who oppose this police oppression to join us on Septemeber 1st. See you in the streets.

They handcuffed everyone, including a five year old, and would not let anyone leave without first being photographed.  Laptops and hard drives were confiscated.

Please be aware if you are going of a number of things.

If you are there as a citizen journalist and are filming anarchists/communists/enemies of the state du jour (yes that is snark), the police are going to assume you are with them.

If you are in a protest and things start looking ugly, keep your head.  Do not get caught up in crowd psychology (much easier to do than you might think) and end up doing something illegal because of actions instigated by some cointelpro goon.

If you are wearing anything or carrying anything that identifies you as a supporter of Obama/Biden specifically, or the Democratic Party in general, please remember that you are de facto representing those candidates and that party and act accordingly.

This goes for people with candidate bumper stickers as well.  If you drive like an ass and cut people off they will associate your named candidate with your actions so cut it out!

Demand detailed receipts if the police confiscate any of your property.

You can get information at various sites.  The above release came from indymedia  which is updating fairly regularly.

Also, Protest RNC 2008 has some valuable info as well as Media Mouse.

Please be careful.

Originally posted to GBCW on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 09:48 AM PDT.

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  •  Wear A Suit (6+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, RonV, arielle, luvmovies2000, Jacques, Oxy

    ....and be nice.

    Have a pair of cellphones, both prepaid throwaways in different pockets. Do not have any associates' contact information programmed into the phones: MEMORIZE PHONE NUMBERS FOR THE LOCAL NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD AND YOUR OWN ATTORNEY.

    Carry water, snack bars, and several white bandannas. They're useful for surrender if necessary. If you wet a bandanna and cover your mouth and nose, it's also useful as a filter if you're caught in a police gas attack. The extra water, bars and bandannas are so you can help someone else out.

    If someone near you is inciting, that someone is almost certainly a planted provocateur. Move away before the second phase of the false flag operation begins -- the round up of everyone surrounding the provocateur.

    Set meet up points with your friends in advance, and set a time of day when you all will all be there or check in. You will get separated at some point and you need a system to take care of each other.

    Good luck out there!

    •  All good advice. Back in the day, we used to (3+ / 0-)
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      arielle, greenskeeper, Calamity Jean

      write the name of a trustworthy bail-bondsman on our arms. (We didn't count on memory, getting a billy-club to the head is somewhat disorienting.) Have no contact information for anyone except the NLG, bail, and your own attorney or the pre-arranged group lawyer.

      If you can, carry a little jar of Vaseline, I'm told a dab on a tissue or tee shirt can be used to wipe off pepper spray.

      Carry only your driver's license and a single credit card for bail. Carry $40 in cash, but not more. If you're actually booked, any extraneous credit cards may become "lost" until you've bought several nifty plasma TVs. If you have no cash, you may charged with vagrancy on top of everything else. If you're black, congratulations, you will probably get charged with resisting arrest.

      If you are "detained", say nothing. Act like a POW, the smallest crumb of information can be used against you, and your friends. Follow the advice here. (pdf) If you can, print a few of these and pass them around.

      You may make friends while being "held", or they may be "friends". DO NOT ACCEPT OFFERS OF "HELP" that start with, "Hey, I'm getting out soon. Want me to call your friends/family/etc.?" Remember, the provocateurs get "arrested" just like us. Keep your confidences and confidants to yourself. Act like a POW. While you're in holding, find someone who's seen "Stalag 17" and get them to tell everyone the story. It will help pass the time.

      Really, and no kidding, don't count on being given your "rights". Once you're in custody, you're an "enemy combatant". Your rights are whatever the pigs say they are. Your job is to protect your comrades and survive. (Too much? Really, we'll find out by Friday, September 5.)

      We've seen for weeks now that the PtB won't be treating St. Paul the way they treated Denver. Chicago '68? I hope not. Then, the cry was, "The whole world is watching!" Now, we have only the toobz; the corporate owned media will play old "Love Boat" reruns rather than broadcast a police riot.

      Keep your heads down, take care of yourselves, pickup your comrades. Remember, the puppets are expendable. Godspeed.

      Ferengi Rules of Acquisition: #34 "War is good for business...but only from a distance, the closer to the front lines, the less profitable it gets"-8.25, -6.21

      by Jacques on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 11:48:56 AM PDT

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  •  I wonder which dickhead judge (3+ / 0-)
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    rockhound, arielle, Calamity Jean

    signed that search warrant.  Completely uncalled for.  I hate to think that my state will now be known for fascist actions like this.  Guns drawn.  Good go, where is the sense of proportion.

  •  more tips (1+ / 0-)
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    Oxy

    Show proper respect to the police, they are not the enemy.  I have been talking to cops about the convention for quite sometime.  They are only looking for anarchist groups and they are ready to drop a pain bomb on anyone starting trouble.  Be peaceful, non-confrontational and you will be fine.  If the police crack your skull you may want to blame those coming to mess my fine city up.

  •  Star Tribune report just posted (1+ / 0-)
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    arielle

    Here is the article just posted by the Minneapolis - St. Paul's Star Tribune about the police raids.

  •  Tips for protesters. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Odysseus, greenskeeper, Jacques

    I know we have a lot of veteran protesters out there so share your tips!

    Every time Obama speaks, an angel has an orgasm. - The Daily Show Aug. 28, 2008

    by arielle on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 11:07:55 AM PDT

    •  Tipped and rec'd. We need to rec this up, people. (1+ / 0-)
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      arielle

      Monday's coming up fast.

      Ferengi Rules of Acquisition: #34 "War is good for business...but only from a distance, the closer to the front lines, the less profitable it gets"-8.25, -6.21

      by Jacques on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 11:52:31 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, Jacques. (0+ / 0-)

        When I was reading the story about the Glass Bead Collective folks getting arrested and all their stuff confiscated (with no receipts) I wondered if they should file assault and robbery charges.

        Of course, then you risk them erasing everything you had but they might have already done that anyway.

        Every time Obama speaks, an angel has an orgasm. - The Daily Show Aug. 28, 2008

        by arielle on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:10:19 PM PDT

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