SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Despite the arrests of dozens of protesters Thursday, demonstrators promised to remain in Cesar Chavez Park until midnight Friday and maintain their presence in Sacramento through the weekend.
Participants in the Occupy Sacramento protest returned early Friday morning to continue to call for
Many demonstrators said their basic message is to stand up for the 99 percent of the population that they say is being left out of government, but heated debates about more specific goals for the movement were heard among participants throughout the day.
Although the protest was peaceful, some demonstrators repeatedly asked media members to stop recording the event. CBS13 faced a much more hostile crowd during Thursday’s event, but Friday’s participants said the hecklers don’t represent the growing movement.
“Those are individuals acting how they feel they are justified,” said Occupy Sacramento spokesperson Chris MacDonald. “I can’t speak on behalf of those people.”
The protesters said they planned to leave Cesar Chavez park at midnight Friday but return at 5:00 a.m. Saturday.
About 20 people were arrested after Thursday’s park curfew when they refused to leave the protest. Those arrested are scheduled to appear in court October 26.