By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff
ST. PAUL -- Police clashed today with a handful of self-described anarchists protesting near the Republican National Convention.
Officers in riot gear were stationed along the march route for the anarchist group, known as the RNC Welcoming Committee, who are protesting separately from peaceful antiwar groups.
A vinegary smell was in the air, as officers chased the protestors.
The anarchist group was targeted in police searches over the weekend that resulted in six arrests, but the group had declared that it was "moving forward with a national call to crash the convention."
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