There’ve been two days of late night activity and riot police on the streets in downtown … and it’s only Tuesday.
Some demonstrations were of celebration. Others came from pure frustration.
Denver has been a tale of two cities in the past two days. Here’s a photo book of the past 48 hours and the whiplash of emotions involved.
A city in celebration
The Avs logo was projected on the side of the Republic Plaza throughout the Stanley Cup Final.
A fan waves an Avs flag while standing on a transformer at 20th and Market. Most mischief on Sunday night involved climbing things and burning construction cones, signs and roadblocks, a far cry from past Stanley Cup wins.
Fans lit fireworks and firecrackers on the street, causing some to run for cover at times. The booms could be heard throughout downtown.
Fans celebrated with music and dancing on the streets, including booms boxes and a drummer jamming all helter skelter into the night.
By the end of the night, only one person was arrested. Their crime: lighting fireworks.
A possible reason for the lack of mayhem (which is typical after major pro sports victories) was the heavy, constant police presence throughout downtown, including a unit in military fatigues corralling the crowd at 20th and Market.
Frustration in the streets over SCOTUS, Roe v. Wade:
More than 4,000 protestors filled the streets downtown during multiple marches Monday. They rallied against the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. The crowds, which stretched for miles at times, were equipped with homemade signs and megaphones, trying to make their voices heard. This is what they had to say:
“I do believe everyone should have their right to practice their religion in our country. But your religion does not get to dictate my choice over my body.”
– Jenny Brannigan
“I’ve seeing people crying, I’ve seen people holding hands. The government is supposed to be something that we are directing, for the people. None of this s*** is for the people.”
– Talitha Zanios
This is f****** healthcare. This
is our right. Our bodies are more regulated than guns and it’s disgusting. We are having children die every single at f****** school shootings, but you’re going to take our rights away?
“They are really good about telling us what to do with our bodies. But they don’t want the babies.”
– Diane States