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Protesters, police clash in Denver

AP reports:

DENVER — The simmering tension near the Colorado Capitol escalated dramatically Saturday with more than a dozen arrests and authorities firing rounds of pellets filled with pepper spray at supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The clash came as Occupy Wall Street protesters and state officials in Tennessee squared off for a third consecutive night, even though a local judge has refused to jail demonstrators who have been arrested.

In Denver, officers in riot gear moved late in the day into a park where protesters were attempting to establish an encampment, hauling off demonstrators just hours after a standoff at the Capitol steps degenerated into a fight that ended in a cloud of Mace and pepper spray.

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Policemen in riot gear scuffle with protesters at the "Occupy Denver" camp on October 29 in Denver, Colorado. Following a march by protesters, police tried to tear down some newly-erected tents at the encampment and and a melee ensued.



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A protester's face is cleaned after he was pepper-sprayed by police at the "Occupy Denver" camp on October 29 in Denver, Colorado.

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A policeman in riot gear arrests a protester at the "Occupy Denver" camp on October 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.

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Riot police face off with demonstrators at the "Occupy Denver" camp on October 29 in Denver, Colorado.