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Occupy Denver: Large police presence moves in on three tents with pepper spray and arrests

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Update, 8:44 p.m. November 12: According to Occupy Denver's website, sixteen arrests have been confirmed so far. The group remains mobilized downtown. While both Civic Center Park and Lincoln Park have been closed, protesters will be allowed to camp outside again in the future, but will not be allowed to obstruct passageways or establish any areas that might do so.

Previously, the occupation included a front desk, a satellite community and a handful of set sleep spaces in addition to its kitchen, the Thunderdome.

Update, 7:34 p.m. November 12: Both Lincoln Park and Civic Center Park have been closed, and Occupy Denver has been evicted from the area. Police, armed with pepper ball guns, pepper spray and shields, have followed the remaining protesters as they take to the 16th Street Mall. Arrests are still being made, and Occupy Denver protesters continue to shout chants as they stand against the police. For updated video, try the occupation's live feed.

Original post: By now, both Occupy Denver protesters and police know the drill. This afternoon, Civic Center Park achieved a new high in police numbers, with the most significant riot gear presence to date during another clash over tents. As the afternoon progressed and arrests were made, the numbers spoke volumes about the city's perspective on handling the occupation: Approximately 100 protesters and 200 police officers clashed over the existence of three tents.

The tents themselves were removed within five minutes after police moved in on the area around 5:15 p.m. Officers gathered in the corner of Lincoln Park starting at 3 p.m., when they also began to block off sections of both Lincoln and Broadway in preparation for an altercation with protesters. Both streets remain closed off from Colfax to 13th.

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Kelsey Whipple
Protesters react to pepper spray and smoke created from a fire extinguisher.
A force of at least 200 police officers grouped and flanked protesters on all sides before moving in when the area grew dark and quickly removing the group's three tents. Protesters sang and hummed the imperial march, Darth Vader's Star Wars theme song, as officers closed in on them. The efficiency of the spectacle was notable: Officers remained in formation and shouted sharp commands for all protesters to back off, regardless of their position. Those who did not respond with immediate haste received pepper spray reinforcement.

Within fifteen minutes of moving in, officers completely cleared people from the sidewalk bordering Civic Center Park, while another police group across the street cordoned off Lincoln Park. Police used caution tape to rope off the entirety of Lincoln Park, and the goal is to close both parks at the end of the night. (Their first round of tape was usurped by protesters, who cut it down and removed it.) Early Friday morning, protesters were greeted with warnings against encumbrances on the sidewalk, and many members have been expecting an attempt to shut down the area in the meantime.

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Kelsey Whipple
A protester is arrested while attempting to cross the street.
Because of the group's small size in comparison to the police force, a handful of protesters shouted an announcement to march to the 16th Street Mall and temporarily evacuate Civic Center Park. "Make them chase us! Take the mall!" protesters yelled. During the altercation with the police, the group took turns physically blocking Broadway and then its intersection with Colfax in an attempt to gain public attention for the force used to move them out of the park. One protester was almost run over by a car when its driver refused to stop and drove directly into the gathering.

Once the area was cleared of protesters, police moved in with paddy wagons and trash trucks to collect arrested protesters and all of the belongings left behind. (The disposal of protesters' property is currently under investigation from the ACLU.) It is unclear how many protesters have been arrested, and the group is still marching on the mall at the moment.

Check back for updates, and click through to the next page for additional photos of tonight's unrest.



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Mike
Mike

Look at that FATASS POS Cop up there. Funny how that piece of shit can keep his job, or even get close to passing a physical endurance test. The Gestapo Nazi cops of Denver are nothing but a bunch of thugs with Napoleon Syndrome. Individually they are pussies, together they are nothing better than terrorists!

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

What, no words of wisdom from the dog?

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

It was a vibrant night.  Security guards from the new HM store tackled a protester they said touched a motorcycle cop.  One of them did it in a manly way, but another named Brett or Brent was a total snarling pussy wanna be cop.  About 25 minutes ago, around 8:30 there was still a standoff going on on the mall. Arrests were being made near Skyline park, which the police surrounded several blocks up the mall from it. An absolute ton of food was thrown away.

Deborah Velazquez
Deborah Velazquez

Ummm, confused. Isn't Lincoln Park south of Santa Fe near the Osage light rail station; 13th and Mariposa?

Peter
Peter

Just wait till the come for you diesel-benz.  The corporate powers in place in this country care about one thing, their power and money. And if you are not in the 1% diesel-benz, then good luck!

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

How sad. All those homeless people will have to sleep at the shelter tonight like they used to.

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

You're just jealous they are employed in a skilled trade while you're sleeping under a tarp on the sidewalk.

Allamony
Allamony

i keep hopping off on 17th st before i get to Colfax and just cutting through that way

Joseph
Joseph

You're thinking of Linkin Park

Aximander1
Aximander1

Your right! The park they are talking about is Veterans Park.

dchris24
dchris24

All those evil corporations...and their....corporat-y ways....acting all....corporaty....YEAH!

NCalConservativ
NCalConservativ

Peter, you're a moron.  Hopefully they do come for you because you clearly should be put away.  The fact is, no one came for anybody.  They're just taking out the trash, and cleaning up the streets, so real people can use them again.

Mike
Mike

Not quite dickhead! I own 2 companies in Colorado, and a 6000 Acre cattle ranch in MT. I bet I paid more in taxes last year than you made in the last 5.Anytime you want to learn how to run with the big boys, feel free to come try to build a tower with one of my crews, We chew up and spit out mouthy punks like you every day :)

Mike
Mike

Wake up moron! The corporations own your silly little ass. if you think your politician cares a thing about you Think Again. All your politicians care about is the 501(c)4 corporation that got them elected through a Super Pac using a invisible corporation to wash their contribution. These Shills that have you believing that corporations are looking out for you are doing a great job of pulling the wool over your eyes. 

Rob
Rob

'So real people can use them again'.  Wow.  So, the poor are something less than 'real people'?  Our movement can't be taken seriously or even allowed to exist because it includes the most economically disenfranchised in our community?  How unfortunate for you that you think this way, because you're really missing out on meeting some wonderful people.  Peter's post of the Niemuller poem seems even more appropriate considering your ill-tempered ignorant reply.

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

I agree with you NCalConservativ.Socialism is a good thing. The police that cleared out the protestors are a prefect example of socialism, as is the shelter the protestors sleep in and the welfare and food stamps they collect.Unions in general are bad for everyone. They directly take money from workers and do nothing. If somebody or a group of people need representation or protection from their employer, hire a lawyer or get employed by somebody else.Jews, they've been hated by everyone around the world for thousands of years.Peter, nobody is "coming for you" unless you're breaking the law or you're a skitzo.

dchris24
dchris24

No thanks. Apparently you're too much of a fucking idiot to form your own opinion and put it into words so you need to copy and paste some articles. Congratulations you found a bunch of articles! You must be really proud of yourself, pat on the back. The Bank of America deal WAS the free market in action....enough people threatened to take their business elsewhere that it was going to hurt them where it counts. I'd expound further but you're not sharp enough to see that the system worked and BOA didn't stop the fees because of a bunch of idiotic lefties sleeping under a tarp in a park. Go read some more articles.

Mike
Mike

http://news.firedoglake.com/20...Read up dumbass! If you like I will go get about a thousand more articles that say the same thing!You should try to stay up on current events, because your brainless banter is amusing, but it is scary at the same time. People like you are stupid enough to keep your head in the sand all the while not realizing you are getting it in the ass.

Mike
Mike

What do you do that makes you financially able to believe you're a republican? Or are you just puppet for the party hoping you aren't really getting it in the ass by your candidates :)And don't try to start your liberal democrat shit on me, because I think they are as fucked as the GOP! They are both different sides of the same bullshit coin!As long as dumbasses like you want to try to play the 2 party political blame game the real owners will keep you distracted enough to keep raping you and me. That's their job. Distract us so they can rob from us!

Mike
Mike

Wrong there dumbass! I started my first company with a $25,000 loan from my business partner. That was paid back in less than 6 months.If I hadn't made money building communication structures, my family would have lost the ranch to the bank. It has been in our family since 1887! When my dad passed away I bought out my brothers half with my own cash, and the ranch is still in our family.Don't ASSume cause it makes yo look like an ASS...lolI employ 4 full time employees at the ranch, and hire as many as 5 more to help with haying in the summer!I employ no less than 10 people here in Colorado building comm structures, and some projects we will have as many as 40 on the payroll.I have helped my college son build a business that removes pet waste from yards. He has 2 friends working for him full time, and in the summer he hired 2 part time employees to help him.I bet I create more economy in a year than you will in your lifetime you twirp!

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

So you're an inheritance baby, eh? You didn't actually WORK for anything, you were GIVEN it. FYI, thats called capitalism.

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

So you're a "supporter" in words only. You're too much of a pussy to OCCUPY the street with them.I bet you didn't donate anything to the local homeless shelter did you?

Joseph
Joseph

There's plenty of ineptitude on both sides of the aisle...

Joseph
Joseph

Sure there are choices now, until there aren't choices.

Mike
Mike

I agree with that

dchris24
dchris24

Oh plenty of changes need to occur...in our government, namely removing the most inept administration and the leftist ideology that fuels it.

dchris24
dchris24

Oh! So now the Occupy idiocy is about banking fees! Got it. I don't do business with an institution that charges that shit. You see, in our economic system known as "capitalism" there is a thing known as the "free market" where consumers have "choices". Now follow me here...many banks don't charge the 5 dollar fee...and you have said "choice" to take your business elsewhere. Being a brilliant businessman, I figured you would understand those basic tenets.

Mike
Mike

What do you bet there slick? Are you stupid enough to think that some business owners don't support this? I built my first tower construction business in 1994 and my second one in 2000. I inherited our family ranch in 2002, and have had to invest lots into it so as not to lose it to the bank. If you think most farmers and ranchers don't agree that we need changes across the board you are a naive little school boy.

Mike
Mike

Well then asshole every time you make a debt card transaction go give your bank an extra $5.00 because you wouldn't to benefit from anything these degenerate hippies do. 

dchris24
dchris24

Not in mine, keep your idiocy and delusions to yourself.

Mike
Mike

Oh and by the way I may not sleep under those tarps with the people who have feet on the ground on OWS Denver, but I have cetainly bought them lots of those tarps, tents, food, and other supplies! They are fighting a war in all of our name!

dchris24
dchris24

Christ, you're just another sycophant fucking moron repeating brain-dead platitudes. "The corporations...acting all corporaty..because the...evil corporations.". What corporations are you speaking of? How big do they need to be to attract your ire? Being the brilliant and savvy businessman you are, I'm sure you realize you or I could form a corporation, right? So then are you inheritantly evil? The premise is so fucking stupid, amd these protests misguided. Washington and the dipshit Dem politicians are what should be protested and thrown out. Instead you have a hodgepodge of misanthropes and losers protesting everything from capitalism to Israel. So tell me, genius, what is it you'd like to see happen to these evil corporations? Specifics please.

Pete
Pete

Your not being taken serious for a variety of reasons. Remember electing a dog to represent you?

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

Mike, I am part of a union at RTD. They do nothing but take $40 a month out of my family's mouths.

Mike
Mike

You don't have a CLUE what you're talking about when it comes to unions!

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