This is the BEST video I’ve found of the Rage Against The Machine free show that didn’t really happen. The cops refused to let Rage take the stage. After arguing with the police for awhile Rage decided to bust out an a capella version of a few of their songs. This video captures that moment (props to PP for finding):
There is currently a buffer zone between the corner of Wabasha and 7th and the corner of St. Peter and 7th St. near Mickey’s Diner. In that buffer zone, there are two ambulances, an SUV and a white van. Police are also blocking 10th St. in both directions.
At about 7:55, advancing police began creating the buffer zone. Police told demonstrators, media and onlookers to move back. At 8:15, they started blocking off the way south. At 8:25, there were a few small explosions, and plumes of smoke began to rise. Some bombs went off, and we got the hint of tear gas on the air.
Demonstrators were chanting “We want peace, we want peace,” before the gas went off.
I was on Wabasha and 7th Street when this happened.
The cops received orders to begin advancing at us in order to close off the intersection.
I started capturing video of this and it’s some scary shit. About 80 seconds into the video a series of explosions go off. I can only assume these were the smoke bombs and/or tear gas cannisters being launched. The cops were chanting as they marched towards us in lockstep. It was some freaky shit:
At the end of the video the teargas starts blowing our way so we got the heck out of there.
I wasn’t even with the main protest group. There was a much larger group (the Poor Peoples March and the Rage Against the Machine crowd) that was being broken by the cops. I met up with fragments of this larger protest after they had been tear-gassed and pepper-sprayed.
The cops continued clamping down and pushing the protesters back across the Cedar bridge. They didn’t seem to be encountering any resistance, but they were intent on smashing the protest. They set up perimeters and used the barricades to corral the marchers back across the Wabasha bridge:
The protesters made a last stand of sorts at the (heheheh) Peace Officers Memorial.
Check out my earlier post about the more peaceful Anti-War protest the previous day. And there are more photos to view in my photostream.