National Guard Takes Over

National Guard Takes Over

National Guard Bused Into Saint Paul

National Guard Bused Into Saint Paul

Mobile Blockade on 6th Street

Mobile Blockade on 6th Street

Blockades Back Up on Kellogg

Blockades Back Up on Kellogg

Enter the Big Guns

Enter the Big Guns

National Guard Prepares for War

National Guard Prepares for War

No Fear

No Fear

Chemical Weapons Deployed

Chemical Weapons Deployed

Silly String Deployed

Silly String Deployed

Arms Are Linked

Arms Are Linked

Canisters Explode

Canisters Explode

The Stand

The Stand

Fighting Back

Fighting Back

Building the Barricades

Building the Barricades

Still Standing

Still Standing

Mass Arrest at Upper Landing

Mass Arrest at Upper Landing

Police State on the Mississippi River

Police State on the Mississippi River

Surveying the Damage: Macy's Storefront

Surveying the Damage: Macy's Storefront

Surveying the Damage: Squad Car

Surveying the Damage: Squad Car

Surveying the Damage: Stars & Stripes

Surveying the Damage: Stars & Stripes

"Thank you to the thousands of people who courageously faced 10 ton buses, concussion grenades, tear gas, pepper spray, batons, charging horses, gas masks, rubber bullets, and all of the tools of repression and intimidation that were used yesterday to repress the public in this supposed democracy.
Your direct actions stand in stark contrast to the conventioneers inside the Xcel Energy Center, passively dragging the party line and the rest of this world down with it.
We are inspired by the extraordinary people who stopped buses, blocked highway ramps, and breached concrete barriers to reclaim the streets and recapture the space of downtown St Paul" - From RNC WC, September 2, 2008

Full report to come. Here, find a photo essay in three parts. Part 1: Rally & Breakaway. Part 2: RNC Blockaded. Part 3: Battle for the Streets.