Minnesota – Antiwar activists hope to stage a “massive demonstration” on the opening day of the 2008 Republican National Convention that takes them from the State Capitol past the Xcel Energy Center, where the GOP will meet Sept. 1-4. Whether their vision will come to pass remains to be seen. The Secret Service will set a security perimeter around the convention, and local police officials say they won’t decide on parade permits until next spring. Full story behind link.
KSTP Television News did a segment on this story that I participated in today. In it I tried to stress the fact that while permits will not be issued for protesters until 6 months prior to the RNC Convention, Multi-Jurisdictional Tasks forces are already in place prepping for the logistical nightmare that a convention of this size is going to mean for the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN. (However, how much of that came across in the 14-second sound bite of the 2-minute segment that aired, is open for debate.) From a security perspective, this will be the biggest event in Minnesota history and proper planning and coordination is essential to ensure the safety of everyone politicians, residents, visitors and protesters.