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Conservative group plans counter-protest of Occupy Denver

5:58 PM, Nov 28, 2011   |    comments
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The "Free Markets, Free People" rally will take place 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol.

In a news release, organizers of the counter-protest say that the Occupy Wall Street movement is correct to complain about businesses making profits by lobbying government, but that the policies the Occupy movement advocate would make things worse.

The counter-protest will advocate "limited government, economic freedom, and private charity."

Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) says the counter-protest isn't meant to pick a fight with the Occupy protestors, but rather to offer different solutions to the problems they are complaining about.

For instance, Mitchell says corporate greed could be more effectively combated by cracking down on lobbying rather than increasing regulation of business practices.

"Their direction is so strong that what they want is more European-style redistribution," Mitchell said when asked why he's holding a counter-demonstration rather than taking his ideas to the Occupy protestors. "I hope [our] message wouldn't fall on deaf ears, but I fear that it would."

The news release was distributed by Tea Party activists, though it does specify that the counter-demonstration is not technically affiliated with any group.

Counter-demonstrations against the Occupy movement have been relatively rare around the country, but this one seems to be harnessing the energy of Occupy Denver in order to spread the conservative group's message.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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