About 80 Occupy Denver marchers took the downtown streets tonight with new chants and new faces after weeks of a sparse attendance on the sidewalk near their former site at Civic Center park.
The march was part of a national campaign called Solidarity Sunday to support more than 400 Occupy Oakland protesters who were arrested Saturday.
Children, college students and older people were part of tonight’s march.
Denver police followed along, blocking intersections and traffic to allow the march, as Occupy Denver protesters taunted them with swear words and comments about their masculinity.
They chanted about the usual Occupy targets: politicians, financial institutions and the media as they marched down Colfax Avenue from Civic Center to the city jail with a detour along Court Place to 17th Street.
On the last leg back to Civic Center, some members shouted above the din to give the middle finger to TV cameras they expected to be waiting for them at the Capitol. No TV cameras were there, however.
Several people declined to be interviewed or would not provide their names for attribution, citing distrust of the media.
The demonstration was the most notable Occupy Denver demonstration since a protester allegedly set the Occupy camp ablaze on the sidewalk along Civic Center park on Dec. 19, as police arrived to remove the structures. About 40 protesters were at the beginning of the eviction at 11:30 p.m. , but by 2 a.m. on Dec. 20 the protests had swelled to include dozens mores because of social media.
Nine people were arrested.
In response the next night, a smaller group of members disrupted an annual candlelight vigil put on by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to prevent Mayor Michael Hancock from speaking.
On Christmas Eve, about 50 Occupy Denver members sang Christamas carols in downtown Denver.
Joey Bunch: 303-954-1174 or firstname.lastname@example.org