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Statement from RNC Welcoming Committee on Convergence Center Raid

News ArchiveAssitant 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. 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.
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Statement from RNC Welcoming Committee on Convergence Center Raid
Authored by: engine summer on Saturday, August 30 2008 @ 03:12 PM CDT
i dont understand why ("self-proclaimed") anarchists would complain of being treated like "criminals" (implying, "we're not"?)? why the appeal to legalism? hoping the liberals will have your back if you act like you see things the way they do?
Statement from RNC Welcoming Committee on Convergence Center Raid
Authored by: Admin on Saturday, August 30 2008 @ 03:32 PM CDT
That's a good point and something I always struggle with. For example, I have problems writing a headline about an "illegal" raid.

So, what kind of rhetoric should we use to express our outrage and agitate people to take action against the authorities?
Statement from RNC Welcoming Committee on Convergence Center Raid
Authored by: Pathology on Saturday, August 30 2008 @ 04:19 PM CDT
hey with all this extreme repression in such a short amount of time, I recommend organizers to write a general call out to the world for solidarity actions and Im sure there will be somethings done by people not in the US who want to show solidarity with those organizers under extreme repression (looking something like China, not freedomland)

I highly encourage organizers to make a call for support, and it will come. Put it out there
Statement from RNC Welcoming Committee on Convergence Center Raid
Authored by: Admin on Saturday, August 30 2008 @ 07:19 PM CDT
People should cross-post these news items to other independent media sites, esp. outside the USA.
Statement from RNC Welcoming Committee on Convergence Center Raid
Authored by: awed on Saturday, August 30 2008 @ 07:40 PM CDT
yes, i've cross posted to local indymedia. indymedia only works if we take the initiative. it's the least we could do from afar to support folks in st paul.

i once heard of a thing called a 'denial of service' attack. maybe, it was russians who did it to estonians, or something like that. it'd be an awful shame if that happened to infoshop.org or minneapolis.indymedia.org...or some OTHER sites. just sayin'.


Statement from RNC Welcoming Committee on Convergence Center Raid
Authored by: generaluser on Saturday, August 30 2008 @ 09:19 PM CDT
It's important to note that the vibe everywhere is that these raids certainly aren't convenient but no one is deterred at all from throwing down for the RNC and anyone nearby hesitating about coming should come out because it's going to be a blast and they can't stop us.