RNC UPDATE: Tear Gas and Pepper Spray Used on Protesters and Journalists in Minnesota
Update at 11:04 pacific -Reports coming in via indymedia twitter:
COPS ARE INDISCRIMINATELY USING TEAR GAS AND PEPPER SPRAY AT 7TH AND MINNESOTA STREETS. HELP NEEDED ASAP: WATER, MEDICS. JOURNALISTS GASSED
Also reports of police horses being used against marchers.
Update at 10:41 (pacific) Lindsay just saw 12 bicycle cops ride past in gas masks - and there are reports that "Justice Department officers directing riot police on 6th St to "get ready" are popping up on the Indy tweets.
Lindsay, Glenn and Jane are out in St. Paul getting the story from the ground as the RNC starts up Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be bringing you continuing news throughout the day.
A large march to the Excel Center is beginning in about an hour and folks are rallying now Ã¢â‚¬â€œ undeterred by the police raids youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve already seen reported here. As Matt Stoller notes, the RNC is meeting in their very own Green Zone while the pepper spray and arrests have already started in the streets of St. Paul today.
So just who are these people and why are they gathering in the streets to march on the RNC?