FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
OCCUPY DENVER STRONGLY CONDEMNS HICKENLOOPER FOR INTENTION TO PREMATURELY EVICT CAMPERS
Denver, Colorado, 13 October 2011 – This morning, Governor Hickenlooper announced at a press conference that Colorado State Patrol would force protestors from Lincoln Park over concerns “about health, [and the] safety of the Occupy Denver protestors, and the public.” Responding to an invitation from Occupy Denver to address the group’s General Assembly, the Governor’s Chief of Staff Roxane White first formally addressed these concerns to Occupy Denver at yesterday’s 7 PM meeting of the General Assembly. In the intervening hours, Occupy Denver has mobilized to bring in support from a broad spectrum of community outreach and safety groups to address health and safety matters in and around Liberty Park, including the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the Denver Guardian Angels, the Colorado Street Medics, and the Denver Street Outreach Collaboration.
Occupy Denver, which marks its 3rd week of 24-hour protest, began as roughly a dozen concerned citizens protesting corporate greed and a lack of a forum to express related grievances. It has grown in just weeks to over 100 citizens occupying the area in front of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver through the night, reaching up to 400 members during daylight hours, and over 1,000 at weekly rallies and marches. As the round-the-clock occupation swelled in size, members of Occupy Denver took to camping in Lincoln Park as an exercise of their First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceable assembly as protected by the US Constitution.
Before Occupy Denver’s response to the Governor’s concerns was noted, Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and the Colorado Attorney General John Suthers held a joint news conference announcing that protestors will no longer be allowed to stay overnight. The Colorado State Patrol reinforced this stance by issuing an official notice stating, “Occupation of this park between 11PM and 5AM daily is illegal.”
Occupy Denver openly and strongly condemns the premature response of Governor Hickenlooper, Mayor Hancock, Attorney General Suthers, and the Colorado State Patrol. The group makes it clear that, regardless of any action taken by the State or City, the daily protest and occupation will continue unimpeded. Occupy Denver looks forward to a Sunrise Rally with Peter Boyless and KHOW in front of the State Capitol beginning at 5 AM on Friday, October 14th, and to this week’s mass rally and protest Saturday, October 15th, expected to draw no less than 2,000 supporters.
ABOUT OCCUPY DENVER
Occupy Denver is an autonomous group of concerned citizens aiming to bring awareness to the issues of corporate inequality and greed, and to begin a dialogue among the 99% of the citizenry that does not benefit from the policies that support this objectionable structure. According to a recent poll by Time Magazine, the Occupy movement holds a higher approval rating than the Obama Administration or the Tea Party, with popular support growing daily. For more information, please visit occupydenver.org, and contact Occupy Denver through the comments section of the page.
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