US anti-war protests target Democratic convention

US anti-war protests target Democratic convention

US anti-war protests target Democratic convention

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:46 AEDT

In the United States, thousands of anti-war protestors have marched through the city of Denver to the site of the Democratic National Convention.

Our North America correspondent, Kim Landers, reports police in riot gear on horseback and others on bikes have been monitoring a big protest march as it moves through Denver, a city nestled on the edge of the Rocky Mountains.

The anti-war rally has targeted the basketball stadium that's the site for the Democratic National Convention, which starts Tuesday.

An estimated 5,000 police and security personnel, including the Secret Service, are on high alert, as helicopters patrol overhead.

The Denver convention falls on the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago which erupted in violence as anti-Vietnam protestors fought running battles with police.