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Occupy Denver march halts traffic; no one arrested

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

Occupy Denver protester James Duncan waves at passing motorist during the morning rush hour in Denver, on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

DENVER – Occupy Denver protesters have returned to a downtown park after a 20-block march on city streets that brought traffic to a halt but didn’t prompt any arrests by police officers who followed them.

Most bystanders looked on with amusement during Thursday’s march and few appeared upset, even drivers forced to wait while the chanting crowd walked by.

Police spokesman John White said Thursday he didn’t know whether the protesters had a permit for the march but said the department wants to let them “safely express their First Amendment rights.”

Protesters chanted “We are the 99 percent” and waved signs saying “This is what democracy looks like.”

The march marked two months since the Occupy protests started.

The crowd appeared to number about 100. Police say the don’t issue crowd estimates.