Rev. Bruce Wright discusses political protests

09/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Protests are continuing in St. Paul today, at the site of the Republican National Convention.

Last night, local police estimated about 2,000 people took part in an anti-poverty march. It ended near the convention arena with police using tear gas and flash-bang grenades to disperse protesters, who a St. Paul Police spokesman said were trying to get past security fences.

Ten people were arrested.

On Monday, violence erupted following a largely peaceful anti-war march by some 10,000 people. Afterward, police blamed a splinter group of about 200 for harassing delegates, smashing windows, puncturing car tires, throwing bottles and starting at least one fire.

WMNF spoke with the Rev. Bruce Wright, a homeless advocate based in St. Petersburg, who was in St. Paul this week for both protests.

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