The continuing adventures of the “peaceful, tolerant” Left:
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A protest near the site of the Republican National Convention gave way to violence Monday as demonstrators attacked members of the Connecticut delegation, smashed windows, slashed car tires and threw bottles during an anti-war march, St. Paul police said.
Up to 256 people were arrested by police using pepper spray in some confrontations, police told FOX News. Police were determining on a case-by-case basis how to process them.
Five people were accused of setting fire to a trash bin and pushing it into a police car, St. Paul police spokesman Tom Walsh said.
The violent demonstrators were mostly dressed in black and described themselves as anarchists. Most of the violence occurred in pockets of a neighborhood near downtown, several blocks from the Xcel Energy Center, where the convention was taking place. At the request of police, 150 Minnesota National Guard soldiers helped control splinter groups near downtown long after anti-war marchers had dispersed.
Protesters attacked members of the Connecticut delegation when they got off their buses near Xcel Center, delegates told FOX News.com and a local TV station.
A group of protesters came toward the delegation and tried to rip the credentials off their necks and sprayed them with a toxic substance that burned their eyes and stained their clothes, delegate Rob Simmons told KMSP-TV.
One 80-year-old member of the delegation had to be treated for injuries, and several other delegates had to rinse their eyes and clothing, the station reported.
“These knuckle-heads crossed the line,” Christopher Healy, head of the Connecticut State Republican Party, told FOX News.com. “We’re for free speech, not free bleach. We respect their right to protest, but do it civilly. Pushing, shoving, spitting, throwing harmful chemicals — it’s not the American way.”
The Maryland Republican delegation was also greeted by a bold protester who stormed onto its charter bus shouting as they returned from a trip to the circus Monday afternoon.
Delegate Arne Schoeller Jr. said that on the way back to Xcel Center, his bus driver was talking to St. Paul Police when a protester boarded the bus uninvited.
“There were protesters laying on the ground, giving us the finger,” Schoeller, of Baltimore, said. “One got on the bus and ‘thanked’ us profanely, saying ‘Thank you for (expletive) up this country’ or something along those lines.”
……The rally was organized by the Coalition to March Against the RNC and Stop the War. The protesting groups included Iraq Veterans Against the War, Women for Peace, the American Indian Movement, Latinos Against War and the Teamsters union.
In other words, the usual gang of idiots.
“We’re very excited to have such a diversity of people participating in our demonstration,” coalition member Katrina Plotz said, adding that the rally will “send a clear anti-war message to the Republicans and the world.”
Showing your asses to the world. What a message.
Organizers anticipated 50,000 protesters but police estimated 8,000 to 10,000.
The rest of them are still jacking off in Mom’s basement