“Don’t be diverted by the ground noise”
September 4, 2008 § 5 Comments
That’s what John McCain said when Code Pink protesters interrupted his convention speech tonight. Good thing I’m writing a dissertation about this.
And while we’re on the subject of protests, a few data points about the continuing crackdown:
As of today, more than 300 protesters are being held by St. Paul police.
According to the Sheriff, the arrests were necessary to prevent “acts of terror,” including, allegedly: kidnapping delegates, sabotaging a local airport, damaging bridges and taking over federal buildings. Sure.
At least eight of the protesters have been charged with “conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism” and face up to eight years in prison.
The protesters are the first individuals ever to be charged under Minnesota’s version of the 2002 federal PATRIOT Act.
So, to review: People who engage in political protest are terrorists. Also, Code Pink rocks.