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(en) US, St. Paul, 9.3 Press Statement from the RNC Welcoming Committee*

Date Wed, 03 Sep 2008 22:33:28 +0300

The RNC Welcoming Committee wants to say thank you to all who have stood with us
through these challenging days, to all who have faced the brutal attacks and
repressive intimidation of the police, and have still gone back to the streets.
Thanks to all who have made calls, sent emails, donated money, and expressed
your outrage at these brutal attacks. ---- Yesterday, in spite of a climate of
intense police intimidation, thousands of people took to the streets to march in
solidarity with the Poor People's March for Our Lives. Many others attempted to
attend a concert at the Capitol, only to have the permit pulled and squadrons of
riot police and snipers called out on a peaceful crowd.

The police met this call for justice with riot gear, batons, and the full
arsenal of their weaponry. 'Snatch' squads brutally arrested protestors who were
beaten and tasered. Police on horses, bikes and motorbikes rammed into crowds.
Pepper spray, tear gas and flash bombs were used on peaceful crowds in
situations that endangered protestors, the general public and included children,
media, legal observers and medics.

We offer our support and solidarity to the organizers and participants of the
Poor Peoples' Movement. We share their goals of a world based on justice, where
resources are fairly shared and a life of dignity and beauty is available for all.

Over three hundred protestors are being held in the Ramsay and Hennepin County
jails. Yesterday, only a few have been arraigned. Many are nearing the end of
the time they can legally be held without being arraigned and charged.

In spite of all these efforts to suppress us, we remain strong and determined to
actively voice our dissent. The Bush Administration and Republican Party lies
have lead us into an illegal war that has cost thousands of our own soldiers'
lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives. They have stolen from the poor
to enrich their cronies and supporters. They have failed to respond to the
crisis of climate change and degraded the life support systems of the planet.
They have violated their own laws to deny civil rights and human rights, and
built a police state that maintains its rule through force and violence, as we
have seen in the streets over these three days.

The Democrats have failed to shift their policies or hold them to account. But
we will take our accounting into the streets, as we have this week. We have
succeeded in disrupting their meetings, and expressing directly our outrage at
their destructive policies. Yesterday, the meetings were again delayed because
of our protests. Bush himself has not dared to show up in person. We are still
strong, in spite of all their efforts to stop us, and we still plan to remain in
the streets, claiming public space for dissent and for our vision of a different

We demand the immediate end to the brutality of Sheriff Bob Fletcher – who has
personally harassed our organizers both in jail and out.

We demand all politically motivated charges against our organizers and
participants be dropped.

We demand the release of all RNC prisoners – OUR PEOPLE OUT OF JAIL!!!

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