Occupy Denver: Mayor Michael Hancock says public doesn't care anymore

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Michael Hancock.
Yesterday afternoon, RedLine art gallery housed hundreds of Occupy movement supporters from Colorado and beyond as they reflected on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and how to translate it to protesting inequality between the 99 percent and the 1 percent. But in recent weeks, the local movement has made little news, and Mayor Michael Hancock isn't surprised. He says the public has stopped caring about Occupy Denver.

In comments made at a press availability last week, Hancock attributed this disinterest to two specific actions in the past month: On the night of December 19, protesters at Occupy Denver set fire to structures inside their encampment as police moved in to remove them. Due to a city ordinance forbidding encumbrances from blocking local sidewalks, Occupiers were warned to remove the forts they had erected in protest as they waited for police to evict them from the area.

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On December 20, protesters started a bonfire in the center of the park and set fire to pieces of their temporary shelters.
"People's patience had worn thin, I think, because of the trash, and when they went in to collect it, they lit things on fire," Hancock said.

The issue even made it as far as Boulder, where, during a city council meeting to discuss an impending park curfew rule, local officials expressed worry that Occupy Boulder would also gain negative attention through photos of similar events in the future.

The second event Hancock cited as turning public opinion against the movement occurred the next day. On the night of December 20, approximately thirty protesters gathered to protest Mayor Hancock's presence at the annual vigil for the homeless sponsored by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Although the event was not officially sanctioned by Occupy Denver, those who participated shouted "Shame!" repeatedly in order to prevent Hancock from speaking. Why? They viewed his presence as hypocritical the day after the city evicted Occupy protesters, some of whom are also homeless.

"That was extremely disappointing and disrespectful," Hancock noted. "I think the people said that was enough. The media stopped asking about (them). We just don't do things like that in Denver. I think they miscalculated the response they would get."

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Thades Banana
Thades Banana

I think the whole "Occupy [fill in the blank]" movement is missing the point.  If you're really interested in attacking the problem at its root, then rather than insulting one another, get together and  OCCUPY CONGRESS

AlternateReality
AlternateReality

How clueless can this guy be?  The general public didn't care about this protest until Hancock wasted $700,000.00 of tax money baby-sitting this protest with glorified janitors masquerading as armed goons.  Now that our money has been flushed down a hole and there is nothing we can do about it (until re-election time), the public went back to not caring.

His belief that the audience  that attended the homeless vigil (all 50 of them that were not OD supporters) turned the tide of public opinion is just plain arrogance.  "The media stopped asking about them"?!?!  HAHAHAHAHHA, the only time the media ever asked about them was when Hancock was wasting tax dollars on a "crackdown."

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

You go too far in asserting that the public does not care -- the general public does not know due to the active disinterest of the corporate media, but the rate and character of responses from passing motorists indicates to me that many support Occupy.

Pete
Pete

What fun, let's all recount when we stopped caring about Occupy Wall Street protesters in Denver.  For me, it began when they voted the dog their leader.  Then I saw a video of them having a grand old time provoking the cops and I officially quit caring about these jokers. 

BTW, there has always been a 1% and always will be, just mathematics.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Pete, thanks for the post, which we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

2spokenwar
2spokenwar

Occupy is alive and getting stronger! Expect us!

Jtcolfax
Jtcolfax

Since when does he get to decide what the public is interested in.  I assume he also thinks the public is not interested in the contents of that missing whore house black book.  He is in for a rude awakening come spring.

Guest
Guest

What a dick. I knew electing him would prove to be a poor decision.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Asshole!

OrangeFree
OrangeFree

Very succinct Robert. Obviously it is your winning way with words that has endeared you to so many. You're a joke, and it's people like you that made what could have been a great movement a joke as well.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Brevity is the soul of wit, and Hancock's dim, self-serving pronouncements are not worthy of a response any more fulsome than the one I made above.

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

More hot air for the Occupy Denver museum!

Samuel Stray
Samuel Stray

Your the asshole anarchist that recruited street people from skid row to sleep in the park after curfew. I visited these people in the middle of the night this morning to see how they were doing when the temperature was 5 degrees above zero.If not for your charisma over the ignorants, these people would have been indoors at Denver Rescue Mission and Samaritan House and other charities not suffering asshole!In the end, they suffer, will be ticketed not you ASSHOLE!

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Your the asshole anarchist that recruited street people from skid row to sleep in the park after curfew. I visited these people in the middle of the night this morning to see how they were doing when the temperature was 5 degrees above zero.If not for your charisma over the ignorants, these people would have been indoors at Denver Rescue Mission and Samaritan House and other charities not suffering asshole!In the end, they suffer, will be ticketed not you ASSHOLE!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

1) I am a socialist, not an anarchist and

2) I have never so much as suggested to anyone that they sleep in a park.

You just make things up as you go along, don't you?

I am not even one of the most active participants in Occupy Denver; I simply have taken it on myself to try to explain it occasionally -- from the wild reaction, you all must not like the message, else why would you try to kill the messenger?

P.S. You like Stray Thought's fabrications? You are a sheep!

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