Rage Against the Machine Concert Ends in Protest, Arrests

September 4, 2008 10:49 AM ET

Much like the aftermath of Rage Against the Machine's fiery attempted concert outside the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, fans and police scuffled following the band's proper concert at Minneapolis' Target Center last night, with 102 people being arrested. While 87 people were tagged and released, 15 fans were booked on charges. As fans exited the venue last night, the crowd immediately began to disperse, but about 250 concertgoers hit the streets with chants of Rage choruses like "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me." The resilient masses then started marching up and down 1st Avenue, causing the riot-geared police on foot, horseback and bicycles to congregate as well. The police pushed the developing riot back to Seventh Street, with a couple dozen fans exiting the scene in the process. It was there that the police managed to vanquish the protest, thanks in part to a little pepper spray. In all, it took two city buses to haul the protestors to jail. It's been a wild week for the Twin Cities thanks to the RNC. On Monday, the first day of the convention, the city faced its biggest protest, resulting in even more violence and property damage than even Rage Against the Machine fans could deliver.

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