Following on from the Rage Against The Machine march on the Xcel Centre and the RNC, it looks like last night, the police were out for revenge.
The band were playing a proper, legal, ticketed gig at the Target Centre in Minneapolis (for now, let's leave aside the question of how they're playing a gig at a venue which is a marketing tool for a major Republican Party Contributor as that might just make my head pop). As Coldsnaplegal's Twitter feed witnessed, the cops were waiting for revenge:
Front of target center cleared. 7th & Hennepin blocked by riot cops. Pepper spray deployed.
folks from after show protest are being arrested and ordered on to city busses at 7th and marquette in minneapolis. arrest numbers unknown.
riot cops have left 7th st. and 2nd ave, 31 people confirmed arrested and taken.
On MnIndy's Twitter, there was a suggestion that media attention might have increased the tension:
Rage is not yet letting out. The crowd is mostly looky-loos anticipating violence and beating drums
But, clearly, even before the concert started the police were looking for confrontation:
Is the McCain - Mayor McCheese ticket really so petrified of Rage Against The Machine they need to send police out to pepper spray young people who actually show an interest in the political process?
[via Boing Boing]