Let the record show that the biggest protest at the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004 occurred on a day when the convention hadn’t even started yet. Organizers had no problems getting media attention for the march, or for the months of debate over the march’s route.
In Boston a few weeks earlier, the protesters were limited to an old subway stop, where no delegates could see them. Let the record show they had no trouble getting publicity.
Even if the intensity of the protest was overblown:
In New York, once the convention started, protests were limited to the Herald Square area. The media had no problem finding it.
Yesterday, organizers of the protests in St. Paul this September, when the Republican National Convention comes to town, held a news conference to lament the restrictions on the parade route.
Everything appears to be going according to the plan.