Scaling Back Pomp, Ramping Up Circumstance
While the convention celebrations took on a subdued note upon Hurricane Gustav's approach to the Gulf Coast, the anti-war protests in downtown St. Paul had a swirl of energy that was lacking on the convention floor.
Minnesota Public Radio reported that police had fired tear gas at protesters and that some had been arrested outside of the official march route. Earlier in the day, things seemed calmer, but there were thousands of protesters touting various issues on the streets. Here are some scenes that I shot along the march route.
Inside the convention hall, Laura Bush and Cindy McCain urged delegates to visit CauseGreater, listing official state organizations that are donating to hurricane relief. For a more comprehensive list of organizations by topic, the Network For Good site compiles a large list of organizations in the Gulf that take donations for assistance in hurricane-stricken areas.
What do you think of the RNC's decision to scale back? Should the protesters have held off until after the hurricane subsided to hold their protest as well?