I have not heard a damn thing on NPR about protesters being arrested or gassed–and I listen to NPR a lot. From what I’ve been reading, I don’t like the looks of it.
Legal observers expect the prisoners facing the least serious charges will see the judge first. Protesters arrested for misdemeanors can only be held for 36 hours without charge, whereas those charged with felonies can be held for up to 72 hours before they see a judge.
Today, the hearings are effectively closed to the public, according to Berglund. These proceedings are usually public, but the authorities are only letting attorneys into the building at this point.
Why are these hearings held behind closed doors? What evidence to the republicans have in regard to Rioting? Why is this evidence secret? There were protests in Denver–Anti-War, Pro Hillary Clinton–but from what I have read, they were not treated nearly this bad.
Update I: Glenn Greenwald has been following and blogging this story. He also notes troubling response to the Denver convention.
For those too lazy to click, there are pictures of FBI agents with the St. Paul police, and records of “inside informants on vegan groups” who were planning protests.