Arrests Mark Last Anti-War March Of Convention

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- An anti-war march on the final day of the Republican National Convention led to nearly 400 arrests.

The protesters had rallied at the state Capitol and then planned to march to the arena where John McCain was set to give his acceptance speech yesterday. But their permit had expired and police in riot gear and on horses blocked their way.

About three hours into the standoff, about 300 protesters sat down on a major thoroughfare. Police used percussion grenades and tear gas to break up the protests.

The event ended with about 200 protesters, along with members of the media, trapped in the area. They were later led away by police.

At least 19 journalists, including two reporters from The Associated Press, were held by police.

More than 800 arrests have been reported during the GOP convention week.


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