DNC: Pepsi Center demonstration zone empty as convention opens
August 25, 2008
DENVER (AP) ” The air conditioning in a news media tent drowned out any sound coming from the 47,000- square-foot demonstration zone set up outside the Pepsi Center when the opening gavel of the Democratic National Convention came Monday.
The reason: The zone was empty.
Joshua Woroniecki, 19, of Indianapolis approached two reporters to ask them where they could find people. Woroniecki and his sister, Elizabeth, were riding bicycles with banners encouraging people to seek Jesus.
“I thought there were more people out here,” Joshua Woroniecki said.
The zone is outfitted with a small stage, a microphone and speakers pointing to a walkway 200 feet away that some delegates and staff use to get to the Pepsi Center.
Some protest groups have dubbed it the “freedom cage” and say they don’t plan to use it. The group Tent State University says some of its members will spend each night of the convention camping there.
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Protest turnouts have been small in Denver Sunday and Monday.