Affidavit says group’s strategy included Molotov cocktails, urine-filled sprayers
By Pat Pheifer
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Almost a year to the day before the Republican National Convention began, members of a self-described anarchist group gathered to talk about ways to
disrupt it, including kidnapping delegates, sabotaging air vents at the Xcel Energy Center, blocking bridges and “capturing federal buildings” in
Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Unbeknownst to the group, the RNC Welcoming Committee, two police informants and an undercover investigator had infiltrated their ranks, according to
an affidavit and search warrant application filed Tuesday. The informants and investigator accessed group e-mails, attended meetings, talked
strategies with members and participated in camps and workshops.
The 17-page document, signed by Ramsey County District Judge Joanne Smith, laid out the evidence that led the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department to
raid a St. Paul business and three Minneapolis homes Friday night and Saturday morning.
The affidavit paints a picture of a group that recruited participants from 67 cities and was intent on creating havoc.
So much for peaceful demonstration.
And please don't call them "hippies". They are not hippies. Take it from an old hippie.