H/T to bfp -- please go there for many more links on what's going on in both St. Paul and New Orleans.
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I was in St. Paul today and saw your standard large-scale protest bullshit. Specifically, they encircled a group of about 150 people, and, without explanation, refused to let anyone either in or out of the circle. Slowly they swapped in riot cops for the bike police that had been holding the group. Then the shrunk the circle a few steps a time, continuing to refuse to let anyone leave.
Eventually they let most of people out and arrested a few dozen, but at no point was it clear what the point was. Just seemingly random arrests. I was there for over an hour and didn't see anyone causing any problems aside from the usual angry yelling that occurs when you trap people and refuse to let them leave. Certainly no pushing or throwing things or anything else.
Infuriating, but nothing I haven't seen before.
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