Occupy Denver marks two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street with peaceful first march

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Today's initial celebration of Occupy Wall Street's two-month anniversary ended with the largest display of honks from passing cars the local movement has heard in a while (at least without a ticket). The day has been designated a national cause for action for occupations across the world, and Occupy Denver has more activities planned. But a noon march through the 16th Street Mall wasn't marked by major incidents, even though participants were trailed by about 45 police officers.

The march began on the steps in front of the City & Council Building downtown, where protesters gathered with signs that reiterated earlier messages and pushed for further action in the coming weeks. In light of Saturday's recent eviction, group action like today's is important for the gathering when it comes to maintaining a constant presence in Civic Center Park.

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Protesters hold flags as they march downtown in support of Occupy Wall Street.
"What I have to say is much less nice than what they just did," protester Jeannie Hartley told the crowd. "In order to make any kind of change in this city, I think it has become clear that we have to remove Mayor Hancock from office. Right now, we're occupying his steps."

From the City & County Building, approximately 200 protesters marched through the mall downtown, shouting chants on the way and sharing stories at planned stops along the rally route. "How many people here have student loans?" shouted one protester. "How many of you have loans that have increased by at least 20 percent?" For both questions, the show of hands came from at least half the group. She then shared that her own loan had increased more than 100 percent past the original rate when she defaulted on them.

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Kelsey Whipple
More than 200 protesters gathered for today's national anniversary.
It was a day for stories, recognition and, perhaps later this evening, action. It was also the first event at which Emerson De Ruiter felt comfortable speaking, though his voice shook slightly as he addressed the crowd. "I'm only nineteen, fresh out of high school, and I'm scared for my future," De Ruiter told his fellow occupiers. "I don't want it to be like this."

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I didn't attend the day march, but I just got home from the night version.  All went smoothly as it usually does when there isn't an overwhelming police presence.Here's a foto from lower downtown:http://i1089.photobucket.com/a...

Chips falling where they may, I must say it was really ODD when we returned to Civic Center park to have someone Volunteer to be our Leader in a mic check.  Even if done in all humble earnestness.  "Very Strange", as dirty hippie John Lennon once said.

One of my fave signs of the night:http://i1089.photobucket.com/a...

And here is 23 seconds of a lone Bunny Rabbit occupying Denver's Federal Reserve while a familiar voice screeches in the background:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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