Yes, Virginia, there really are communists in this day and age. And most of them seem to have convened in Denver, as this banner from the “End the Occupations” march attests.
Later in the day, the Reclaim the Streets protest arrived at the state capital, where a series of heated but essentially fruitless confrontations between the protesters and the police ensued.
The police did their best to try and keep a lid on the proceedings.
When they needed to rapidly reposition themselves at the protest, they hopped on these specially modified “troop transport” SUVs.
Wait — is this a protest, or a fashion show?
The communists shown in the earlier picture protested against capitalism as a concept. And here we the see the anarchists doing the same. This is in fact their only point of agreement: otherwise, the communists want to institute total state control of society, whereas as the anarchists want, well, anarchy. But hatred of the United States makes strange bedfellows, and for now the natural enemies — communists and anarchists — seem to have set aside their differences and agreed to bring down capitalism together.
Shades of what is likely to happen throughout the week: counter-protesters showed up to voice their opinions as well.
I just love the sign on the right: “Hey Liberals: Can’t get no satisfaction? Try liberating an entire nation from tyranny.” Ouch — that’s gotta sting.
I must say, the messages put forth at this counter-protest were extremely astute, and highlighted the greatest weaknesses in the left-wing protest philosophy.
That’s it for our first report! Thanks to El Marco for capturing some excellent images while we were still en route to Colorado.
The convention itself kicks off today, and the protests are sure to escalate. Stay tuned!