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Occupy Wall Street/ Denver protesters ousted from Denver Park

Posted on: October 14, 2011

Chalk one up for the “good guys.”

Early this Friday morning, the Colorado State Patrol in riot gear cleared Veteran’s Park across from the state Capitol and arrested approximately 24 protesters for criminal misconduct. Authorities gave protesters an 11 p.m. deadline to clear the park. Authorities hoped the protesters would leave on their own, but protesters stayed. At 3:15 a.m. the State Patrol started making announcements that the park was closed indefinitely. Many protesters began standing in a circle with their arms locked.

At 4:45 a.m., Occupy Denver tweeted, “150-250 people remain at the protest currently. Thank you for all your dedication and hard
work.”

In a statement issued at 4:58 a.m., the Colorado State Patrol said it was pleased with the progress thus far on the operation to clear
Veteran’s Park “Due to clean up work that will continue for several hours, Governor Hickenlooper has issued an Executive Order to close Veteran’s Park until further notice.”

Occupy Denver tweeted, “State Patrol says park closed indefinitely. We can continue from the sidewalks.”

Another tweet said, “The sidewalks are ‘real’ public grounds, and they should not be able to remove us from them.”

However, at 5:45 a.m., officials told the protesters to remove their tents and other structures from the sidewalks. The protesters didn’t comply with the request so at 6:28 a.m., state troopers began moving protesters out of the park. Then law enforcement took down their tents and other structures as outlined in Colorado State Patrol’s statement on Thursday night.

The statement said, “We have a deep respect for these individuals’ First Amendment rights to assemble and to voice their viewpoints,” said Colorado State Patrol Col. James Wolfinbarger. “We are happy to facilitate a peaceful assembly, provided it complies with all applicable laws and permit “

Three cheers for Governor Hickenlooper and the Colorado State Patrol! If we can’t live with rules and regulations in our society, then
we fall prey to anarchy and revolution. Surely, these “peaceful protesters” must understand that.

Finally, my advice for this bogus protest is that you can’t beat the system, work within in the system and always follow the rule of law.

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