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(en) US, St. Paul, Media, Anarchist group posts private RNC transportation plans on website

Date Fri, 04 Jul 2008 22:54:59 +0300

Transportation plans for the Republican National Convention are posted on the
website of an anarchist group promising to crash the convention. ---- The
document, which is an early version of the master transportation plan, was
leaked by a website run by a group called the RNC Welcoming Committee.
The documents outline detailed bus routes and maps that will be used during the
four-day convention. The plan was not meant for the public. ---- "Does it
concern me that information got out that wasn't meant for the public? Sure it
does," said Pete Panos, of the St. Paul Police. St. Paul Police downplayed the
leak, saying the document is already outdated and is not considered a security

A spokesman for the convention wouldn't say whether the document was authentic
but said, "our transportation plan is still being developed."

The group's website reads like a training manual for how to disrupt a major
event, using tactics like swarm, seize and stay. It encourages members to block
downtown streets and bridges.

The group also produced a parody video that is up on YouTube, showing masked
members training for a riot, throwing Molotov cocktails and fighting with
police. It ends with the tagline "Are you Ready?"

Police say they're not as concerned about the leaked document but rather the
group’s motives to disrupt the convention.

"Every group that shows violence to a peaceful protest concerns us because they
are the catalyst that could cause more problems," Panos said.

Police say they're still recruiting more law enforcement from agencies across
the state and say they're confident they'll have enough police presence for
whatever happens during the convention.

Press the PLAY button in the video viewer above to see the group's video and
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