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'Occupy Denver' Protests Continue Downtown

Photo by Kirk Siegler
"Occupy Denver" protests have been drawing modest crowds to Civic Center Park.

Cities across the country - including Denver -  are holding smaller “Occupy Wall Street” events mirroring the larger New York City protests which began last month.http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kunc/files/Occupy%20Protest_WEB-adj.mp3
Organizers of the Occupy Denver protest say their crowd sizes have been growing steadily since they first began a few days ago.  Meetings and marches with several dozen people in attendance have been occurring twice a day mostly along a busy stretch of Broadway that cuts between the state capitol and city hall.

Fighting a stiff wind, Dave Bean held up a sign up for passing drivers that said “Corporations Are Not People.”

"We thought the people controlled the country with the votes," Bean said. "Turns out that maybe the corporations control the people with the money."

Bean said he has a job and health insurance, but protesters here said they’re trying to raise awareness of what they consider to be a country that’s increasingly controlled by a wealthy few. 

Organizers say they expect a bigger crowd at events over the weekend. 

Kirk Siegler reports for NPR, based out of NPR West in California.