Activists to screen new film ‘Terrorizing Dissent,’ about protests during GOP convention

“Terrorizing Dissent,” a new film about dissent on the streets of St. Paul during the Republican National Convention will be shown several times in coming days in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Maplewood and several national locations.

It was made by the Glass Bead Collective, Twin Cities Indymedia and other independent media activists, who say the film “focuses on the story of dissent suppressed. People charged with ‘conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism’ speak out against the government’s campaign to manipulate media coverage and label civil disobedience and community organizing as terrorism.”

More information about the film is available here. Showings include:

Saturday: Minneapolis, Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S.; doors open at 10:15 a.m., with show at 10:40 a.m.

Sunday: Minneapolis, Book House, 429 SE. 14th Ave., 4:30 p.m., and Arise! Books and Resources Center, 2441 Lyndale Ave. S., 7 p.m. Also in St. Paul, Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St., 7 p.m.

Monday: Minneapolis — Arise! Books and Resources Center, 2441 Lyndale Ave. S., 7 p.m.

Nov. 9: Maplewood Community Library, 3025 Southlawn Drive, 2 p.m.

More from the promotion material:

“Featuring first-person accounts and footage from more than forty cameras on the streets, ‘Terrorizing Dissent’ focuses on the story of dissent suppressed. People charged with “conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism” speak out against the government’s campaign to manipulate media coverage and label civil disobedience and community organizing as terrorism.

“‘Terrorizing Dissent’ shows the results of the $50 million dollars the Department of Homeland Security gave to local authorities for security — a large chunk of which went to weaponize the police — and the $10 million insurance policy contract between the RNC Host Committee and the City of St. Paul, which shattered Minnesota’s civil compact between protesters and police.

“Effectively, the Republican National Committee provided financial cover for the widespread, organized suppression of dissent. The FBI and Secret Service coordinated with local police to raid homes and work spaces before the RNC even began. On the streets, the government’s intimidation strategy shut down peaceful protests through the heavy use of tear gas, pepper spray, stun grenades, rubber bullets, and other projectiles. This excessive use of force followed months of harassment and surveillance of community activists. At every stage, local officials have refused to release the documentation behind what they did, from the origins of dubious search warrants to joint powers agreements.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Michelle Gross on 11/02/2008 - 01:19 am.

    This film is terrific! I would encourage everyone to go to one of the free showings. Seeing it on the big screen at Riverview was amazing and drove home the truly profound level of repression by police at the RNC.

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