Columbus Day Protests

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Police arrested several protesters blocking a march-leading limousine during a Columbus Day parade that wound through downtown Denver Saturday.

Hundreds of protesters chanted “Shame on you,” as they met up with several thousand Italian-Americans and supporters about halfway through the 30-minute parade.

Police said no violence or injuries were reported, and those arrested didn't resist. Parade organizer and founder of the Sons of Italy in America, George Vendegnia said it was a success and plans to hold similar parades each year.

Saturday morning, about 1,000 descendants of North American indigenous people marched and marked what they said is 510 years of suppression, beginning with Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World.

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