Keep in classy.
(Denver Post) — A traditionally solemn annual memorial for people who died on Denver’s streets was disrupted by a loud Occupy Denver group Tuesday night.
After days of urging protesters to remove shanties from the Broadway sidewalk along Civic Center park, across the street from the site of Tuesday’s candlelight vigil, police in riot gear removed the shelters Monday night. Four people were arrested, including two on arson charges, alleging they set the shanties and other items ablaze as police approached.
Tuesday night, protesters shouted “fascist,” “criminal” and other slurs as Mayor Michael Hancock stepped forward to address the 22nd annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil on the steps of the City and County Building.
three minutes, the mayor pleaded with them to show civility to the families present and respect for the 136 men and women whose names were to be called, homeless people who died in the past year. The vigil’s organizers say the memorial is often the only public recognition those men and women’s deaths ever receive.