Awesome post on Twin Cities Indymedia, read the whole thing there.
The Right To Be Here
I'm not an anarchist. At least I wasn't one of the kids running around the Xcel Energy Center in black handkerchiefs during the St Paul RNC. Nor did I store my urine in a bucket for a week to throw on delegates, and I didn't break any windows either. But, I was one of the people detained by police on Monday. One of my co-workers even saw me on the Channel 11 news, zip-tied like a hog, being led away walking backwards by two riot police. I'm assuming that he knew me well enough to reason I wasn't there with violent intent, but asked nonetheless why I went to downtown St Paul that day. I thought about it for a second, but couldn't give a good answer to why I’m now in an FBI database. "I wanted to take pictures” and "I wanted to see it for myself" was what I managed. Then he asked why I was arrested. I had a much clearer answer for that.