Occupy Denver clashes with police (again) over tents raised for cold weather (PHOTOS)

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As the weather hit thirty degrees and the season's first snow closed in on Occupy Denver last night, members turned once more to tents as a refuge from the elements. Because this was the reason the state patrol raided the camp two weeks ago, the four new tents lasted only an hour. Nights like the last one prefigure a more difficult protest season and slimmer numbers for the group.

Because of poor weather that began with cold rain and eventually transitioned to solid snow, the group huddled under trees, umbrellas and tarps, and all personal property was covered with donated blue and black tarps, or "tents without poles" as the group distinguishes them from the park ordinance banning structures. The Thunderdome was hardly recognizable under a series of plastic shields collecting puddles while protecting the food.

At 6:40 p.m., three Denver Police Department cars arrived on the scene in reaction to this alleged violation of the park's anti-structure rules.

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Kelsey Whipple
Police officers visit the Occupy Denver site the second night in a row.
After an interaction that lasted about half an hour, the four tents were quickly taken down in order to avoid arrest. The decision to put them up originally created a stir between members of the group, one side of which considered them dangerous to the group's political well-being and the other side considered protection against the danger of the cold.

"You guys know the rules by now, and if you erect any kind of structure like this, tents or anything, we're going to have to come over and take it down," DPD sergeant Jeff Hausner told the occupation's security team. "If you keep everything neat and don't make this another shantytown like the one across the street and don't put up any tents, we won't bother you. We want you to be safe."

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Kelsey Whipple
Billy Reno takes down a tent after police insistence.
Worried about the group's future -- the health of the participants and the health of the movement if people are scared off by the weather -- several occupiers questioned the officer about the realities of the winter.

"This isn't Arizona, and we know what the weather's like," Haunser said. His fellow officers offered the group pamphlets for local shelters. "Do whatever you need to do to protect yourselves, but you can't erect any structures like this. We'll be watching over you and checking in every day, so we'll know if you build anything. If you want to be protected from the elements, you should leave the park and return home."


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Sampson
Sampson

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the air in here is sooo delightful, let it snow, let it snow... leettttt it snow....

not99not1
not99not1

Just drove past the occupation on my way home to a nice warm dinner.  Big shout out to the cops trying to keep the parks from turning into a shanty town!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

stupid Nazi!

not99not1
not99not1

Hey Robert, use your adult words, not your emotions.  Nazi, zombie, oreo...those are the kind of things that make people realize that your little movement is a complete joke. I'm sure you guys have had some fun and a few laughs, but it's time to join the adults inside where it's warm before someone else gets seriously hurt.  

John Thomas
John Thomas

I'm having a nice, warm dinner at your mother's house later.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

I really dislike the tea-party, but John makes them look good when compared to this crowd.  

John Grace
John Grace

Sounds like an exit strategy is needed. This will mean nothing if it isn't translated into action at the ballot box and cash register,

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

It's too late.  They lost their legitimacy when they started allowing the anarchists, Ron Paul nutjobs, and the crazy lady who keeps wandering around screaming "Who wants to sign the marijuana petition" become the face of the movement.  They had a chance to actually bring up some very valid points, and make some realistic demands, but by allowing anyone with a grievance against society an equal voice, the movement quickly lost its moral high ground.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Petitioners for Initiative 30 (there have been more than one through) are not "the face of the movement" -- they aren't participants at all!  They are there trying to make money by collecting voters' signatures -- $.75 or 1.00 per.  How oblivious you are!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The point is that your previous comment demonstrates how unobservant you are, and surely you grasp by now that there is no official membership or leadership (or maybe not).  Don't be quite so quick to ascribe your ignorance to everyone else -- I do often despair at the monumental complacency of Denver's Good Germans, but hope springs eternal, and if Denver's Establishment and its mindless supporters look askance at me and dismiss what I say out of hand, so much the worse for them.  As for hiking, I have walked the AT and LT, climbed twenty-five of the fourteeners, walked 300 miles on the CDT, CT, and in the Weminuche, and I look forward to more.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

So how does one determine who is an official part of your little movement?  Could you perhaps issue identity badges? 

Sorry Robert, I know you have a large part of your self identity and ego tied up in this, but your reputation in the greater community is pretty much one of a sad misguided man who will take up any pseudo liberal cause passionately, if not wisely.   You're looked at at the same way as the nutjobs on the far right of the tea party.   Time to quit hitting the bong so much, relax a bit, and enjoy life for a while.  Go for a hike or something...its good for your soul.

John Thomas
John Thomas

Yep. Taunting people from behind a computer screen is pretty brave, ya fuck-sock!

John Thomas
John Thomas

In the same way I know that your mom likes it when I drill her like an oil rig. Sometimes I like to sing "God Bless America" when I'm almost there, just for you.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Fuck-sock?  How did you know what your mom begs me to call her?

Pigsuck
Pigsuck

"Do whatever you need to do to protect yourselves, but you can't erect any structures like this."GREAT PIG LOGIC

Guest
Guest

Build an igloo! Pretty sure you can't get in trouble for moving snow around into a shelter-like creation. 

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

Why not go INTO the State Capitol and occupy it?  

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

That would require real courage and commitment.  According to the protesters it's a revolution unless it requires actually doing something besides looking like a wet dog.     

Guest
Guest

Dick

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

-- and here is the other one brave enough to post.

It is ignorant twits like you who obstruct the conversation -- "racists word to discribe" -- learn English then get back to us!

Sampson
Sampson

@google-12d4470d9f4756e3914d57033c0e2f05:disqus - The word 'retarded' is a scientific word word that simply means backward, or slow development. However one nevers uses the word to describe people with developmental disabilties. Likewise civil people do not use racists word to discribe a persons behavior.

Please be civil or exit the conversation.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I've never made any racist comments about Mayor Oreo (only denial). I had to explain the meaning of "Oreo" to you before, and even quoted the dictionary for your edification -- the use of the word is not racist.  I must suppose that you are ineducable or prefer to make an ass of yourself -- not many readers are as dumb as you suppose them to be.

What you wrote did not convey what you meant -- it's garble. You are too stupid to realize that you made a mistake.

John Thomas
John Thomas

I know where I slept last night: at your mother's house. I was mighty warm, if you know what I mean...

John Thomas
John Thomas

That's what your mother said last night.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Hi Robert, I was wondering when you'd show up.  I'm surprised you don't have any racist comments about the mayor this time.  

Let me make it simpler for you...seems you have some reading comprehension problems.  The protesters think they're part of a revolution, but very few have the dedication and commitment to actually do anything revolutionary.  Sleeping outside in the snow and having to be taken to the hospital is just foolish, irresponsible, and another in a series of poor life choices.  Robert, I notice you always have something to say, but I'm questioning your dedication.  Where did you sleep last night?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Here's a better one:  "According to the protesters it's a revolution unless it requires actually doing something besides looking like a wet dog" makes no sense.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

That's the best retort you can come up with?  Guess the truth hurts.

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