The Denver Occupy March of 11-19-11 By Phillip Reynes

Several hundred people marched from of Civic Center park and through downtown – down the 16th St mall and then back - Saturday afternoon. This was the eight Occupy Denver's eighth straight Saturday march of the Denver Occupy Movement.

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The marchers — this was one of the smaller of the weekend gatherings — was happy and energetic as it waited to leave the park.

Police officers were in patrol cars and on bikes throughout the park and on the march. There was the usual heavy and over the top presence that we have come to expect on the marches.

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Before leaving the park, demonstrators were urged to remain peaceful and reminded to respect fellow demonstrators who may be protesting a different idea. The croud had at least two demonstrators with signs mocking the movement to Occupy Denver. I had to wonder if they where police provocateurs personally if for no other reason then my memory of the Denver spy files.

The Marchers cheered as passers by honked their car horns in support, and cheers reverberated in the park as protesters urged people to return every Saturday.



This was - as all the occupy marches are – a very mixed group of people from all walks of life who gathered peacefully, some adorned in costumes and others carrying new or refurbished signs.

Famillies pushed their kids in strollers.

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One stroler had a sign attached to the back that reading, "Please don't pepper spray me." Not that the police would care or honer that if they did move in. Not that there was much chance of that happening on this march.

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After making their way through downtown, the protesters ended up in front of the west steps of the state Capitol.

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Protesters remained peaceful (despite the belief by some that peaceful protest has severe limits) as they took turns speaking on the megaphone. Some read poems, others had prepared statements and several demonstrators spoke about shopping next week on Black Friday — asking everyone not to shop the day after Thanksgiving.

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