Documentary report by Real News team arrested along with 818 people during the RNC
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GERALDINE CAHILL, TRNN: Eight hundred and eighteen people were arrested in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in the days leading up to and during the Republican National Convention last week. Several dozen 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 the Capitol Building, preparing to march for peace, an end to the war in Iraq, and a call for impeachment of President Bush. Many were also there to protest the arrest of demonstrators earlier in the week. The plan was to walk to the security perimeter surrounding the Xcel Center, where the RNC was taking place. I was there with my camera person, Ania Smolenskaia, to record what happened.
CAHILL: I’m Geraldine Cahill for The Real News, and we’re at the antiwar, anti-RNC rally that was gathered, marching from the state capitol here in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to the Xcel Center, where John McCain is preparing his final speech at the Republican convention.
SPEAKER: We have the right to be here. We are going to march on the Xcel Center. Line up behind the banner if you want to march with us. It’s unpermitted; we’re going anyways. No peace for the war-makers! Have courage! Have courage!