Baltimore-related protest aims to cause Denver PM rush hour delays
DENVER — Demonstrators have planned a May Day protest against police violence in Denver.
Organizers with the Occupy Denver movement planned for their third annual May Day (May 1) protest to take place at noon near Civic Center Park downtown.
For the past two years, activists have marched on May Day, also known as International Worker’s Day, for labor and human rights. This year, however, activists have said that they are dedicating this year’s protest in support of protesters in Baltimore.
“Like Occupy Oakland, we’re dedicating this MAY 1ST to the rebels in Baltimore, to #BlackLivesMatter & #FreddieGray,” said activist Eric Verlo in a Facebook post on the protest’s event page, which lists a a protest gathering location as Civic Center Park. “Show up by 4 p.m. in time for rush hour traffic, we’re going to #ShutItDown.”
As of 2:30 p.m., 224 people had listed themselves on the event page as attending the May Day protest, but no such massive protests had gathered downtown as of that time.
A Denver Police spokesperson said the department was aware of the planned protest, would that officers would monitor the protest and “respond as needed.”
This protest follows in the footsteps of a series of demonstrations this week in Denver over the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
Earlier this week on Wednesday, 11 people were arrested after a protest in which pepper spray was used.
Those arrested were charged with two felonies – assault on police and robbery – and a host of misdemeanors, including resisting police, disobedience of lawful orders, obstructing roadways and interference, Denver police said on Twitter.
However, activists in the May Day protest don’t expect those same measures will be implemented today.
“We don’t anticipate arrests of any kind because Friday’s game plan will be scrupulously legal,” said Verlo in that same post.