A pro-gun rally at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, one of dozens held at state capitols across the country as part of the first Gun Appreciation day, attracted nearly 1,000 supporters with flags and signs on Saturday.
A standoff between a sign-wielding hairdresser in flip-flops and an anti-aircraft tank during Paonia’s annual Cherry Days Parade, held each Fourth of July, has generated social-media buzz about comparisons to China’s Tiananmen Square protests and the iconic image of a lone protestor standing in front of a line of tanks. Read the full story here.
(Photo courtesy of Jim Brett)
Legislation to create civil unions died even faster during the special session that began Monday than it did during the regular session that ended last week. The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee shot down the bill on a 5-4 party-line vote, stopping it from getting to the House floor, where it likely would have passed, with a handful of Republicans joining Democrats. (Photo above by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
The Denver City Council approved a homeless-camping ban Monday night in the face of an angry crowd that taped dollar bills to their mouths, chanted “shame” after the 9-4 vote and staged a sit-in outside the chambers.
Spring is beckoning the Occupy Wall Street movement — including Occupy Denver — out of its winter hibernation, and is marking its May Day awakening with a nationwide, solidarity march designed as a “general protest.”
Allison Sherry writes:
Last year, the Senate version passed unanimously out of a committee with broad Republican and Democratic support. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, was among 40 co-sponsors of the legislation. But Tuesday, Bennet backed away from supporting it in its current form.
Sen. Mark Udall, also a Colorado Democrat, does not support the measure. He said Tuesday that it could be “a bill looking for a problem.”
Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat and an Internet entrepreneur, has been a leading opponent of the measure. In protest, Polis entered the lyrics of “The Internet Is for Porn” into the Congressional Record in December.
Denver police forced stubborn protestors out of Civic Center park early this evening, tearing down illegally pitched tents.
About half of the protesters had started to leave Lincoln Park and Civic Center after a parlay with police. But half had voted to stay and some of them blocked Broadway about 5:15 p.m. Riot police moved quickly to clear Broadway.
(Source: The Denver Post)
Police confirmed they used pepper spray and either rubber bullets or pepper balls to disperse the crowd in Denver’s Civic Center. Broadway was closed off at both Colfax and 14th Avenue and a stream of patrol cars, lights flashing and sirens blaring, hurried to the scene. Officers were dressed in riot gear.
At least 2,000 Occupy Denver demonstrators marched peacefully through downtown Saturday afternoon — but, five hours later, police and dedicated protesters clashed in the heart of Denver.
Most protesters had left after the march ended at about 2 p.m., but a small group of demonstrators blocked Broadway throughout the afternoon and tensions rose further after dining tents were pitched in the corner of Civic Center park.