- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 2, 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn. | Nearly 290 people were arrested during protests aimed at the Republican National Convention Monday that sparked violence and vandalism and led to the detainment and injury of journalists covering the event.

A spokesman for the St. Paul Joint Information Center — a coordinated law enforcement hub set up for the convention — said that more than 150 of the protesters were arrested on misdemeanor charges and another 130 for felonies.

Spokesman Pete Crum said roughly 10,000 protesters marched to the convention center headquarters in St. Paul, but most of those arrested were part of an anarchist group that were not part of the main route.

“This was a much smaller group,” Mr. Crum said. “The ones that participated in the rioting probably numbered somewhere in the range of 500.”

Some of the protesters were responsible for slashing police tires, smashing windows on downtown buildings and assaulting police officers, officials said.

Ross Franklin, an Associated Press photographer, said he was hit with pepper spray while with the anarchist group Monday afternoon. He said he was not seriously injured.

“I was just caught up in the melee,” Mr. Franklin said. “It was a lot of people, police.”

The arrests also swept up an Associated Press photographer who Mr. Crum said was released early Tuesday.

Amy Goodman, a host for Democracy Now!, also was arrested but has been released, Mr. Crum said.

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