That was quick! Anarchists amass downtown; traffic snarled for hours

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Between 300 and 500 self-proclaimed anarchists associated with the far-left group Unconventional Action weaved through downtown Denver for several hour this afternoon, in an unscheduled march that blocked numerous streets and intersections.

It began around 2 p.m. in conjunction with a Tent State-sponsored Funk the War: Dance for Peace convergence that brought demonstrators from several locations into the city center to protest the war in Iraq. The demonstrators pushed a music system in a shopping cart retrofitted with cardboard to look like a red tank. There was a massive law enforcement presence of police outfitted in full riot gear, riding motorcycles, driving vans, mounted on horses and some undercover (Tip to cops: Anarchists don't wear Nikes) that followed the mismatched crowd closely.

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Jared Jacang Maher