Scenes from the First Day

1rncrs0902Monday evening

Although the number of protesters in St. Paul fell short of expectations, there were some significant disruptions outside the Xcel Center, which was apparent the minute I parked in the central part of downtown.

When I made my way down Kellogg Street, I ran into a splinter group of about a dozen protesters, running through the streets as a small army of police in riot gear slowly made their way toward them.

Although I witnessed nothing other than a few tense standoffs and a few spirited conversations between protesters and counter-protesters, later in the day things got more tense as police used pepper spray and arrested some 284 people. Some smashed windows and there were some reports of bricks being thrown. Others blocked roads.

Here are some videos of faceoffs earlier in the day, before a carnival atmosphere turned violent. The second is of one protester, Keith, who refused to get up off the street. The third is an exchange between protesters and counter protesters, an argument that seemed to drift into abortion:

Above: Star Tribune photo.

More Voices

  • Janet Mock Pose

    'Pose' Writer Janet Mock on Making History With Trans Storytelling (Guest Column)

    Monday evening Although the number of protesters in St. Paul fell short of expectations, there were some significant disruptions outside the Xcel Center, which was apparent the minute I parked in the central part of downtown. When I made my way down Kellogg Street, I ran into a splinter group of about a dozen protesters, […]

  • Tony Awards Sightlines Column

    How to Produce the Tony Awards: 5 Unsolicited Tips

    Monday evening Although the number of protesters in St. Paul fell short of expectations, there were some significant disruptions outside the Xcel Center, which was apparent the minute I parked in the central part of downtown. When I made my way down Kellogg Street, I ran into a splinter group of about a dozen protesters, […]

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Cannes 2018's Hidden Thrill: The Opportunity to Find New Voices

    Monday evening Although the number of protesters in St. Paul fell short of expectations, there were some significant disruptions outside the Xcel Center, which was apparent the minute I parked in the central part of downtown. When I made my way down Kellogg Street, I ran into a splinter group of about a dozen protesters, […]

  • Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow poses backstage

    It's Time for Action, Not Promises, to Get More Women in Filmmaking (Guest Column)

    Monday evening Although the number of protesters in St. Paul fell short of expectations, there were some significant disruptions outside the Xcel Center, which was apparent the minute I parked in the central part of downtown. When I made my way down Kellogg Street, I ran into a splinter group of about a dozen protesters, […]

  • Netflix Cannes

    Cannes vs. Netflix Defines Fight for Cinema’s Future

    Monday evening Although the number of protesters in St. Paul fell short of expectations, there were some significant disruptions outside the Xcel Center, which was apparent the minute I parked in the central part of downtown. When I made my way down Kellogg Street, I ran into a splinter group of about a dozen protesters, […]

  • Love Never Dies - Utica, NY

    Could 'Love Never Dies' Live Again on Broadway?

    Monday evening Although the number of protesters in St. Paul fell short of expectations, there were some significant disruptions outside the Xcel Center, which was apparent the minute I parked in the central part of downtown. When I made my way down Kellogg Street, I ran into a splinter group of about a dozen protesters, […]

  • Every Act of Life

    Tribeca Film Festival: 5 Titles to Watch for Theater Fans

    Monday evening Although the number of protesters in St. Paul fell short of expectations, there were some significant disruptions outside the Xcel Center, which was apparent the minute I parked in the central part of downtown. When I made my way down Kellogg Street, I ran into a splinter group of about a dozen protesters, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content