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TRNN Journalists Charged With Unlawful Assembly

Documentary report by The Real News team arrested along with 818 people during the RNC

WASHINGTON - 818 people were arrested in St. Paul, Minnesota in the days leading up
to and during the Republican National Convention last week, several
dozens were members of the media covering the various protests.

While presidential hopeful John McCain was preparing his final
speech to the Republican National Convention last Thursday hundreds
gathered on the steps of Capitol building preparing to March for Peace,
an end to the war in Iraq and to call for impeachment of President
Bush. Many were also there to protest the arrest of demonstrators
earlier in the week.

Geraldine Cahill and Ania Smolenskaia of The Real News Network were
there recording the Anti War, Anti Republican protest rally. The plan
was to walk to the Security perimeter surrounding the Xcel Energy
center where the RNC was taking place.  
On their way to the arena, lines of policemen blocked the intersection
and warned the protestors that if they did not go back to The State
Capitol building, they would be forced to do so. Tensions rose when a
group of protestors that had earlier separated from the main pack,
returned. The resulting chaos ended with the arrest of upwards of 300
people. Many members of the media covering the protest were also fined
and arrested.



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