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Amy Goodman, popular host of the DemocracyNow! program that airs on satellite, cable and other network feeds, including Channel 12 television in Denver, has been arrested at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. The DemocracyNow! team was filming tear gassing, pepper spraying, and firing of rubber bullets. The DemocracyNow! team was tear gassed and pepper sprayed, then arrested.
Twin Cities Indymedia reports: Amy Goodman has now been released. Many others, including journalists, are still being held.
"There is clearly an intent on the part of law enforcement authorities here to engage in extreme and highly intimidating raids against those who are planning to protest the Convention... Targeting people with automatic-weapons-carrying SWAT teams and mass raids in their homes, who are suspected of nothing more than planning dissident political protests at a political convention and who have engaged in no illegal activity whatsoever, is about as redolent of the worst tactics of a police state as can be imagined..."
Federal government involved in raids on protesters
More extraordinary than these extreme raids is the fact that they are generating so little attention and even less outcry.
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LiveWire - Breaking news from the streets
I don't anticipate that Colorado Indymedia will attempt to follow every raid, arrest, or home invasion this week of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul. But this may be a typical example:
A van full of activists from Texas was pulled over on Lake st. and 11th ave. in Minneapolis by police with drawn shotguns on Saturday afternoon.
Wide Spread Multi-agency Raids Continue in St. Paul
An unscheduled, emergency video from Submedia: