DENVER – Dozens of police in riot gear have herded Wall Street protesters away from the Colorado state Capitol grounds, arresting about two dozen and dismantling their encampment.
Most retreated without resisting. Some chanted "Peaceful!" or "Shameful!" as police moved in early Friday.
The protesters have been camped at the Capitol for about three weeks in support of the national Occupy Wall Street movement.
Officers dragged some from the camp and led others by the arm. Police carried stragglers to small groundskeeper tractors and drove them away.
Authorities began taking down dozens of tents at about 3:30 a.m.
At about 6:30 a.m., officers advanced on a line of protesters who had locked arms around the remaining tents. Officers held their batons horizontally and nudged or pushed the protesters to break up the human chain.