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Oct 16, 2011 12:18 AM by Stephanie Collins

At least 24 arrested at 'Occupy' protest in Denver

DENVER (AP) - At least two dozen people have been arrested at a rally tonight that attracted hundreds to downtown Denver in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

KUSA-TV reports Denver police said the protesters were taken into custody for refusing to move out of the street.

Following the arrests, the crowds moved to the 16th Street Mall and shut down light rail service there for more than an hour before dispersing.

At various times the crowd at the downtown rally and march was estimated at between 1,000 and 5,000 participants. Earlier in the evening vehicle traffic had been stopped on two streets for at least an hour as protesters blocked an intersection in front of the Capitol.

Gov. John Hickenlooper's office responded to the police action with a statement urging "all protesters to obey the law."

Protesters said they plan to rally at Lincoln Park each day. State officials plan to close the park again tomorrow.

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