Estimated 10,000 protesters march on convention in St. Paul:
Antiwar demonstrators marched today from the State Capitol to the site of the Republican National Convention, despite the big-name cancellations, and following an earlier march by a smaller group.
The ad hoc group of protesters departed early from the Capitol and were met near the Xcel Energy Center, site of the convention, by counter-demonstrators and under the watch of police. Two news media photographers apparently caught pepper spray from law enforcement.
Protest organizers said their passion remains strong even though President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are skipping their convention speeches because of Hurricane Gustav.
Police put the initial number of marchers at about 10,000 as the formal trek from the Capitol began this afternoon.
"There's far too few people here," said Lennie Major, a teacher from Mounds View. "We should have 10 times this many. This will only be a blip."
And a very minor blip at that. Not only was the whole world not watching, I doubt if anyone with any kind of life was.