Occupy Denver protesters evicted in fiery clash

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DENVER -- Police and Colorado State Patrol troopers evicted Occupy Denver protesters Tuesday after they started a fire and refused to move their tents from the sidewalk on Broadway next to Civic Center Park.

The mayhem sent protesters scrambling to save belongings and there was even some "Tebowing" seen. All the action happened during the overnight hours on Broadway between Colfax Ave. and 14th Ave.

Police arrested two people for felony arson and two others for misdemeanor disobedience.

Protesters met with Denver's new police chief, Robert White Monday afternoon. The meeting was peaceful, but there were no agreements made.

Everything changed late Monday night. About 50 protesters, the last hold outs, refused to budge when officials asked them to move their tents and signs from the sidewalk.

"This is our home, man, these are things we care about," one protester says. "I'm going to stay here until they arrest me."

Some of them set fire to signs, tents, platforms and construction cones. "We're still not going to go anywhere," a protester says.

But police wearing their protective riot gear moved in. They extinguished the fires and moved everything and everyone out.

Waving an American flag, they tried to make a stand. Some even took time to do some "Tebowing."

They began a march through Capitol Hill with ideas of going to the Governor's Mansion. But they ended up near E. Colfax Ave. and Downing St. where they saw their belongings in a city trash truck.

"This right here is an affront on the most marginalized people," one protester says.

New Police Chief Robert White arrived as officers brought the situation under control, "To support the men and women of the Police Department and also I made a commitment to the protesters that I would personally be down here," he says.

Occupy Denver protesters were welcomed at Police headquarters Monday. White told them at that time they had to move. "We value their first amendment rights but they have to value everyone else's rights," he says.

"It's too bad we weren't able to come to a more amenable solution to this," a protester says.

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