For all practical purposes, the Republican National Convention is underway with the first police raid of the convention.
The anarchists group “RNC Welcoming Committee” claims police raided their offices, and photographed them. CNN reports a police spokesman said “we were executing a search warrant,” although the reasons for the search warrant weren’t made available.
Update: MPR’s Laura Yuen reports a suspicion of “bomb-making materials” prompted the raid.
The group is holding a news conference this morning. The police are scheduled to hold one as well. Both are scheduled for the same time. (10 a.m.)
It issued a statement claiming the transgression was a fire code violation.
The Web site TwinCities IndyMedia also is carrying submitted text messages reporting house raids in the Twin Cities. Here’s the link but be forewarned: There’s no independent confirmation .