September 2, 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Originally meant to be “peaceful,” Monday protests took a turn for the violent when dozens of anarchists used street signs as weapons to smash windows in the downtown Macy’s store, slash the tires of police squad cars, and surround and intimidate a cop, who had to use pepper spray to fend them off.

Police employed pepper spray during the smaller afternoon protests, in which five people were arrested. When things got heated, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas.

Finally, police managed to corral a large group of anarchists, arresting 283 people for riot. 129 have been arrested for felonies, 51 for gross misdemeanors and 103 for misdemeanors as of 9:40 p.m. Monday.

St. Paul Police Department requested 150 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers to assist with crowd control in downtown Saint Paul as violence continues.

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