DENVER Hundreds of people rallied Saturday in downtown Denver to support the Occupy Wall Street movement. A smaller, separate demonstration was expected in Boulder.
About a thousand people remained at the Civic Center Park hours after the noon rally, which may have attracted up to 5,000 people, according to television reports.
Traffic was stopped on two streets for at least an hour as protesters blocked an intersection in front of the Capitol. Officers on bicycles and wearing shorts on an unusually hot October day quickly formed a line in the street and contained protesters to an area near the Capitol.
Theyre impeding traffic, police spokesman John White said, adding that officers were asking protesters to move out of the street and into the park. There have been no arrests yet.
Other officers redirected brisk weekend traffic onto other streets, and dozens of other officers in riot helmets with batons stood by about a block away.
Protesters gathered in front of the police and chanted, We are peaceful. Some protesters shook hands with the police.
The rally in Denver came after a move early Friday by the Colorado State Patrol and Denver police to clear a camp at nearby Lincoln Park, a grassy park on state land across the street from the Capitol. At least 23 people were arrested.
Protesters said they planned to be at the park each day.
About 20 Colorado State Patrol cruisers and troopers were at the park overnight before it reopened at 11 a.m. Saturday. State officials planned to close the park again today.
Marie Marinelli said she just graduated from college and showed up at the rally in support of the protesters. Marinelli graduated from the University of Denver, a private school, with a degree in English.
I worked a whole year ... as a temporary employee, Marinelli said. I see ways that corporations cut corners, especially in terms of myself. I didnt receive any of the benefits or the sick pay or the time off, even though I committed a year of my life for this company.