Tag: Occupy Denver
Today is Occupy Prisons Day. At 6:30 this evening, the protest in Denver got underway at the ICE facility on 30th and Peoria. It's sponsored by the the Denver Anarchist Black Cross. the news isn't covering it so far, but there's a live-stream here and updates on Twitter is here.
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The Denver Post has excellent photos here of Saturday's unpleasant encounter between the Occupy Denver protesters and the police, during which 20 people were arrested. Police say they were attacked and reacted, the protesters say police over-reacted and attacked them. Westword has more and additional photos.
There was a peaceful march by 2,000 protesters earlier in the day. It moved to the state capitol where tensions began to rise:
A group of the marchers advanced toward the building and some tried to make their way up the steps. About eight officers scuffled with a group of protesters and police confirmed that they used Mace and fired pepper balls — hollow projectiles filled with the chemical irritant — to break up the crowd. Protesters told the paper at the time that they believed police used rubber bullets.
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The Colorado State Patrol announced they will begin removing protesters from Occupy Denver at 11 pm. They want people to go home at night and come back the next day. They said they will issue citations and make arrests if necessary. Paramedics are on the scene in case of injuries.
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