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Police Arrest at Least 10 in Ongoing Standoff Outside Xcel Center

Police arrested at least 10 people as of 7 p.m. Thursday after hundreds tried to march from the Minnesota state capitol to the Xcel Energy Center, the site of the Republican National Convention.

Officers at the scene said police are keeping protesters on the west side of Interstate 94.

At about 5:15 p.m., hundreds of protesters refused to leave John Ireland Boulevard in St. Paul, Minn., while more than 100 officers in riot gear — on foot, horses, bikes and motorcycles — as well as snow plows blocked their way.

The crowd began walking toward the Xcel Center at 5 p.m., ignoring a city permit that only allowed marches until 3 p.m.

The organizing group, an anti-war committee, filed a lawsuit weeks ago objecting to the time constraint, arguing that they would be protesting an empty building.

Police in riot gear and on bikes surrounded the protesters after a rally at the Minnesota state capitol. The march went less than a block before police blocked the way.