Facing eviction, Occupy Denver members set fires, construct barricades, & fight police — Denver, CO
Update 11:30AM 12/20: Protesters marched through the capitol hill neighborhood after the eviction, waking people up. Many left their homes and joined the march.
Update 11:30AM 12/20: From a street medic at the scene last night reports several bleeding wounds from baton charges, a broken hand, broken teeth, cops attacking mainstream media.
Update 11AM 12/20: Six confirmed arrests from last night. Bail so far is set to exceed $3000. Waiting for updates from court to confirm charges and bail amounts.
Last night, during police action taken to evict the Occupy Denver camp, protesters bravely faced down battalions of riot police. Structures built in the park were set alight, demonstrators fought police, threw barricades in the street, and staged raids on the dump trucks carting away their things. 4 arrests were made, 2 of which are felony arson cases.
While some of the Denver anarchist community, thick with ranks of veterans of militant protests, has checked out of the encampment (including the Denver Anarchist Black Cross, who headed legal support until two weeks ago, where that support was withdrawn for various reasons), many have woke up this morning surprised and concerned for the comrades on the ground. Many are doubtful as to whether Occupy Denver’s legal team will be willing to take on these arson cases, being that setting fires, barricading streets and fighting police doesn’t fit their liberal narrative of what a protest should look like. Those of us in Denver who know better are looking to step (back) up.
It is inspiring to see elements of the camp resist police eviction with tangible, meaningful action, especially in light of losing formal radical legal support. The local ABC was not expecting to take calls last night, yet the demonstrators on the ground fought back without fear and knowing full well bail might not be a phone call away. Please send updates to us on Twitter or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.