Occupy Denver protesters were evicted from their downtown campsite shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, prompting them to set fires to several tents, according to the Denver Channel 7 News.
The fires were set as Denver police officers moved into Civic Center Park, where the camp was located, according to 7 News television.
“We knew what to do and how to do it, but once the decision was made to do it tonight, it did require some planning over the course of the past couple days,” Police Chief Robert White told the station. Police arrested four people, two were charged with arson.
In its Twitter feed, the Denver Police Department said White repeatedly sent messages in which he asked Occupy Denver to “voluntarily comply and DOES NOT WANT CONFRONTATION.”
A protester, who was not named, told 7 News that Occupy Denver will rebuild, saying, “It’s going to happen again and again. Look across the country and see what’s happened, this is a movement.”
Added the protester, “We’re trying to just take advantage of our First Amendment, freedom of speech, and they are kind of just following us all over town.”