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    Denver Climate Protest

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Journalism professor ThomHarrop joined the 1,000 or so people at yesterday’s Keystone pipeline protest in Denver, which had double the expected attendance of 400 people, he said. 'It was like the sixties. People were chanting and singing. Cars where driving by honking and waving. Someone commented to me that the whole country may have turned a corner and say maybe this thing is real,' he said. Read more about the nationwide rallies on CNN or click here to see photos of the Keystone pipeline protests in Washington and San Diego.
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    (Denver, Colorado -- February 17, 2013) -- by Thomas Harrop

    Joining groups across America, protesters in Denver, Colorado marched from the Tivoli Commons at the Auraria Campus, to Civic Center Park. The protest was sponsored by 350 dot org and featured a “Human Oil Spill” in which protesters, all dressed in black, laid on the ground simulating a pool of oil.
    The event began at about 11:00 a.m. with the gathering of approximately 50 people on the commons. As the time grew near for the march, more people arrived and estimates put the final crown at around 1,000 people. When the group marched to Civic Center Park the line stretched almost from Auraria to the park.
    Protesters were greeted by honking horns and enthusiastic waves walking down Colfax Avenue. The intent of the black clad protesters was to simulate an oil pipeline ending with a giant oil spill in the park. Protesters chanted as they walked. Among many other chants they shouted, “We don’t want no climate drama, hey, Obama.”
    The group Earth Guardians lead a spirited gathering with singing and chanting. A “Go Fossil Free” rally encouraged everyone to reduce their use of gas, oil and natural gas in order to slow the saturation of carbon dioxide, which climate scientists say is causing global climate change which has already resulted in changes in weather patterns and the evacuation of two low lying oceanic nations.

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