The Democratic National Convention starts tomorrow, Monday, August 25, 2008, at the Pepsi center, but prior to the kick off of the highly advertised event, protesters are already marching to the Pepsi center, as shown by the Politics West, escorted by Denver police who believe they are prepared for any eventuality as reported by Washington Post, including mass arrests of people determined to get arrested.
Anti-war protesters decided to get a head-start on the Democratic Convention protest as hundreds march through the streets of Denver before the Convention starts.
Despite new legal restrictions, warehouses prepared as detainment centers and mass police presence, the first of the antiwar protest marches kicked off and were peaceful leading to no arrests.
Police, on horseback and on mountain bikes, escorted the first of the protest marches from the steps of the Capitol down Colfax Avenue and Speer Boulevard, all the way to the Pepsi Center, where the Democratic convention is due to kick off tomorrow.
The protesters involved include the Re-create 68 group (named for the massive rioting protests actions at the Chicago 1968 Democratic Convention), Cindy Sheehan, and even the Green Party's presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and her vice presidential running mate, Rosa Clemente, were in the crowd.
Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan who died valiantly in the Iraq war, told the crowd that "Neither Republicans nor Democrats represent the people. They've taken away more of our freedoms. It's now easier to spy on us.
"This convention is sponsored by AT&T. What does that tell you?"
She continued to the applause of the anti-war protesting crowd, to say, "Denver has partnered with the Democrats to create a fascist police state. Now we have free speech in cages. We are not animals."
Re-create 68 co-founder protester Mark Cohen called presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama part of an imperialist system.
Political pundits should find this next week in Denver to be very interesting.