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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Protesters Disrupt Youth Convention

More of the peaceful protesters. Yeah right.
Protesters Disrupt Youth Convention

Earlier this afternoon I made my way down to the floor and arrived after the Youth Convention meeting. I had heard reports that there was some protesters who were forced to leave so I went to find out.

I spoke with Tiffany, 24, from Texas, who told me about the event. All the student in attendance were betwen 18 and 24 years old and selected by their state party and come from all over the United States.

"They had the Bush twins, George P. Bush, Ari Fleischer, Andy Card, some other people, it was like a big pep rally."

The spoke with the group, and Tiffany said it was a lot of fun and everyone was really pumped up "They encouraged everyone to vote, and talked about the things people can do."

She said, "They encouraged the kids not to let the media label you as liberal, and you go out and be who you who are and stand up for what you believe in."

Then I asked about the protest that occurred. She told me some people tried to protest and they were escorted off. They were seated amongst the crows and tried to disrupt the event. She didn't remember how many they were.

Despite the protest, everyone is having a good time and they've been really busy. They really enjoyed their event today. They have also been pretty busy, they came in on Saturday and did a community service project yesterday at the Hotel Pennsylvania, they've gone a broadway show and a went to a broadway show.

So, a small disruption didn't ruin the day for all these energetic young people at the convention. They are having a great experience here and they all seem pumped up to challenge the idea that young people are liberal. These young conservatives are going to help rock the vote this November!!

UPDATE: Drudge had a link to a story on the protesters:

Anti-war demonstrators disrupted a Republican youth gathering on the floor of the party convention Wednesday, shortly after President Bush (news - web sites)'s twin daughters left the stage.

Jenna and Barbara Bush introduced White House chief of staff Andrew Card. As he began speaking, 10 protesters sitting in the crowd jumped up, blew whistles and began to chant, "Bush kills." They also removed sweat shirts to reveal T-shirts reading "Bush Drop Global Debt Now."

Card tried to continue speaking, but was drowned out and stopped as young participants in the morning event scuffled with the demonstrators. Police moved in to remove the protesters, including a young woman hoisted out by two officers — one at her shoulders and one at her knees.

At least one delegate was slightly injured. Suhr Daniel, 20, of Milwaukee, said he was punched in the head by a protester. He had a cut near his temple and the side of his face was reddened.

Well, it's good to know that the other youths were not discouraged by this and aren't letting this incident get them down.

Posted by Matt at September 1, 2004 02:25 PM

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