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Three more RNC protesters arrested

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Police arrested at least three protesters Tuesday near the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., just one day after nearly 300 were cuffed.

The three were arrested during a rally and march by a group protesting poverty and homelessness, Minneapolis television station KARE reported.

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Officers handcuffed a woman and, in a separate incident, took man and a woman into custody after a brief confrontation following a rally by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

KARE reported about 50 people watched the arrests and chanted, "Let them go, let them go!"

"We are going to interview people, look at tape to make very definitive determinations about what the basis for each charge will be," St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington said of the people taken into custody Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, court appearances began Tuesday for the 283 people arrested Monday, 130 for felonies, WCCO-TV reported.

Police said the process in Ramsey County Courthouse was slowed when 22 people would not give their names.

"We are struggling to use fingerprints and other forms of identification," Harrington said.

A judge said if the 22 did not reveal their names, they would be held in contempt of court.

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