Smaller & Quieter Crowd Remains In Occupy Denver Protest Area

DENVER (CBS4)- A much smaller and quieter crowd were all that remained of the Occupy Denver protesters in downtown Denver Friday night.

They spent much of their evening plotting their next move after an early morning crackdown to dismantle their tent city.

“My plan is to stick it out. I’m staying here until something gets changed,” said protester Daniel Robinett.

Fewer than 100 people remain at the park across from the state Capitol. Protest leaders said they will respect the 11 p.m. curfew and no one will camp in the park.

“I’m not sleeping in the park. I’m staying awake. Sleeping in the park isn’t even worth the ticket,” said protester Marcel French.

It’s a stark contrast to what happened Thursday night and early Friday morning. Colorado State Patrol made good on its promise to enforce the curfew and tore down tents where they had been set up. A total of 23 people were arrested and charged with unlawful conduct on public property.

PHOTO GALLERY: Occupy Denver

State troopers were strategically spread throughout the park Friday night.

“Since the parks are closed at 11 p.m. we will not be in the park at all. We will be on the sidewalks not blocking pedestrian traffic at all, proceeding to walk around the sidewalks,” said Englewood resident and protester Matthew Dolloff.

The protesters said they want their message to be heard and don’t plan on leaving until it is.

“We’ve got to all speak up now, because if we don’t– it’s an opportunity, it’s an opportunity to change something,” said protester Colin Henderson.

“I’m out here for my fellow homeless people,” said protester Daniel Robinett.

“I’m fed up with the banks getting bailed out and the people not getting bailed out,” said Dolloff.

“I care about freedom,” said Denver resident and protester Matt Drobnick.

“There’s kind of a collage of motivations here and I think that that might be one of the strengths. I think that is adaptable and flexible as a movement,” said protester Ryan Pace.

Occupy Denver is planning another protest Saturday at noon at Civic Center Park. Police and Colorado State Patrol are teaming up to make sure the demonstrations stay peaceful.

  • Ben Dover

    They`re gonna` get bored and start property destuction. They`re Marxist`s.. That`s what they do! Hick is pooping his Quaker, Collectivist, Socialist drawers! The “Halfbro” is coming!..

    Don`t want the 17th street Libs to be “shamed” when Barack smiles upon us.

    • Fred

      I believe they bring voice to the middle class which is hurting right now. Can’t anyone protest with out being called a Marxist, socialist or communist?. Those are tired old cold war labels, Sure some of them look scruffy but they have the right to protest and from what I’ve read recently in mainstream news they are gaining support from a majority of Americans. You sound like you have a lot of hate. I feel sorry for you.


  • melissa franko

    frankly i am tired of foreigners getting bailed out and not our vets,our homeless,americas children,americas poor.

  • melissa franko

    Tired of sending troops to countries who dont want to make change for themself instead of america bailing them out leave them……….you cant change ignorance stop sending troops to foreign countries for no reason.more power to the people of america.make america better and stronger before stepping into others turf.

  • Chance

    Many Americans are tired of the drama caused by the government. ITS TIME FOR A REVOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Timothy Dye

    Let’s see the police cannot respond to a citizen getting mugged on south Broadway, but they can sure roust citizens exercising the right to protest from what they are doing. They are a tool of the 1%. In the 1960’s, unjust laws were ignored. Police enforcing those laws were ignored (not fought), ignored. N0NVIOLENT.

  • Mark

    As an American that has lived in other countires, I think the protesters don’t understand how fantastic the US is. Are there issues, sure, but we as indivuduals have a far greater capacity to craft our own success than the vast majority of people. Where else can an average guy turn a tiny amount of money into a vast job makinig machine that has changed the lives of nearly every human alive? Bill Gates and Steve Jobs lives are the story that shows the protests are childish rants of the “useful idiots.”

  • gary

    I don’t understand this whole deminstration thing…..we have jobs by the millions in this country and all you have to do is take them away from the MEXICANS……The people deminstrating are lazy socialist thugs that are creating more debt on our community. QUIT looking for a free ride and take back what is yours…..JOBS

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