RNC Gets Rocked

Looks like Minneapolis police had their hands full from a large group of concertgoers notorious for their tendency to riot.

Fans of rock group Rage Against The Machine have a reputation for rioting. They rioted in Chicago and backed up the public transportation system by three hours because of their antics. So what happens when fans of this politically-charged band get together in the same city as those representing the “Machine”? They rage and riot. Check it out here.

Photo by David Atlas

Photo by David Atlas

Police made 102 arrests as fans started an impromptu march post-concert. Although, this group was rather tame if you recall the other protest group in St. Paul from earlier in the week. There was no violence or damage. Kind of makes you wonder what the deal was with all the arrests though, considering they were peaceful. That’s actually atypical for a RATM fan. In Chicago, there were fights, but nothing to protest, but there were far fewer arrests. Sounds like things are a little out of control for the RNC.

I have a friend, Caitlin (we blogged together before), who is actually working as press at the convention. She said this was nothing compared to the earlier riot, where soldiers had to rush to pull her in for safety. She also told me that Denver was better organized and much more laid back.

So, did the police overreact or were the fans out of control? I don’t think there is anything wrong with being amped up after a show. I might be inclined to walk things off myself.

This occurs after RATM previously had police shut down a performance outside of the St. Paul capitol building and earlier performed a capella to a crowd outside of the RNC.

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