While the Republicans did what they could to be respectful as Hurricane Gustav hit Louisiana, protests at the RNC turned violent. In the midst of what was supposed to be a peaceful anti-war rally, self-identified anarchists as well as a group dubbing themselves Funk the War broke car and shop windows, tried to block streets and attacked convention delegates. A brick was thrown threw a bus carrying delegates to the convention and other delegates reported protestors trying to rip their credentials from their necks and spraying toxic, staining spray in their faces. The police called in 150 National Guard members to help control the protestors.
Hopefully the St. Paul police and protest organizers will be able to prevent future outbreaks during the rest of the convention.