June 12, 2007 9:04 AM
Something's happening here ... Denver council, DNC protestors spar about 'party in the streets'
Predicting a lively and peaceful street scene populated by anarchists and old hippies, organizers of Recreate '68 vowed to "party in the streets" during next summer's Democratic National Convention.
Denver City Councilman Charlie Ward played party pooper, saying the Denver police "would not roll over for any radical group," reports Stuart Steers.
At issue was a proclamation proposed by Councilwoman Kathleen MacKenzie that would have called on police to respect demonstrators' rights at the convention. The Recreate 68 Alliance, which is organizing the protests, met recently with police officials to discuss how Denver would deal with demonstrations.
MacKenzie said she is withdrawing the proclamation, pending further discussion among council members at a public safety committee meeting July 11. She said she wanted to be sure that the council did everything it could to ensure that the encounters between police and protesters at the convention were peaceful.
The protest organizers claim the council had backed off supporting the proclamation after some corporate donors to the convention objected to it.
"In Denver when money talks, the Constitution walks," said Glenn Spagnuolo of Recreate 68. Spagnuolo said his group would protest peacefully, and he predicted a lively street scene of "old hippies," anarchists and others. "There's going to be a party in the streets, and they can't stop it."