Photos: May Day general strike marked at Civic Center Park
Update, 3 p.m. May 1: Today, hundreds of protesters took the day off from work and school to spend it with Occupy Denver in Civic Center Park. For the local movement and its community partners -- the Mercury Cafe included -- May Day began at noon with a march and rally and will continue until dusk, at which point the group will occupy the 16th Street Mall to show its opposition to Denver's proposed urban camping ban. Last night, Denver City Council voted to preliminarily approve the ordinance, which would make it illegal to camp on public or private property.
But today, International Workers' Day is about skirting the system altogether. Along with political groups such as the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, which will hold its own May Day rally at the park later in the afternoon, Occupy Denver attracted new visitors and public attention with a 24-hours-of-awareness focus on economic issues. Students from Metro State and the University of Denver skipped class to make appearances, as did members of the business community. No suits and ties were to be found.
Westword met up with the group on its march downtown earlier today. Here are some photos from the event.
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For more information and the list of this afternoon's remaining events, click through to our previous coverage.