Last week, House Speaker Lawerence Denney, whose Statehouse window overlooks the Occupy Boise encampment at 6th and Jefferson Streets, observed that the movement seemed "more tents than people."
Denney's assessment appeared valid Monday as just six protesters stood outside the House chamber to mark Gov. Butch Otter's State of the State and Budget Address and the opening of the Legislature. About 20 tents and other dwellings populate the site of the Old Ada County Courthouse.
The group's theme for the day was donning black or dark funeral attire "to mourn the death of democracy". The group urged supporters: "Come and be part of the solution to bring democracy back to life."
Two protesters wore black ninja full-face hoods and one wore a plastic bald-eagle head. A plastic skeleton was seated in a camp chair outside the House chamber, wearing a "We are the 99 Percent" T-shirt.
Three Idaho State Police officers stood watchfully by, but there was no apparent conflict as lawmakers left the chamber following Otter's speech.
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