Some ‘Occupy Sacramento’ Protesters Lash Out At Questions

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Hundreds of protesters gathered in Cesar Chavez Park on Thursday to stand in solidarity with the growing nationwide demonstrations aimed at corporate greed, but some members of the peaceful event showed hostility to media members over basic questions about the goals of the protest.

“Occupy Sacramento,” which was portrayed as the local foothold for the rally that has entered its third week in front of Wall Street in New York City, drew impassioned speakers and a wide variety of viewpoints when the rally began Thursday morning, with demonstrations lasting past midnight.

Police warned protesters that they could be subject to citation or arrest by 11:00 p.m., but no arrests had been reported by midnight.

UPDATE: Police Arrest ‘Occupy Sacramento’ Protesters

Organizer Anthony Bondi said he has what he referred to as a “message team” working on the primary goals of the local protests, which he admitted “was kind of vague.”

“That message team will reveal that tomorrow [Friday] morning,” Bondi said.

“So you guys are in the process of forming the reasons why you are here?” asked CBS13 reporter Tony Lopez.

“Exactly correct,” Bondi said.

Other protesters gave clearer reasons for their attendance, saying that wealth disparity and corruption in the business world are causing harm to society.

“I’m here because corporate greed and financial greed are ruining this country,” said a retired educator.

Groups of demonstrators gathered around television cameras periodically and tried to shout down reporters with accusations of manipulating coverage of the protest. Other isolated protesters tried to convince attendees to avoid speaking with the media altogether.

President Barack Obama referenced the nationwide demonstrations Thursday and called them a sign that voters are upset with Republican leadership, who he accused of blocking efforts to spark job growth.

“I think people are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works,” Obama said.

  • thinkingdownstream

    A buddy of mine in England sent me an email and set up an international challenge as to which country has the most embarrassing, stupid, clueless leftist protesters, England or America.

    I’m not proud to say that “Occupy Wall Street” by virtue of their on-camera antics, inability to even guess as to why they are where they are and of course, their unsanitary antics has shot America far into the lead.

    Take that England!

    • Audrey

      How appropriate that they are protesting in Cesar Chavez Park? It’s hard to comprehend that in this country there is a community that would dedicate a park to a communist.

  • cloudface

    I would not say all liberal arts degrees are useless. The study of philosophy should help you learn to reason. The study of history should help you learn from the past. Let’s be careful when we label all these kids as liberal arts majors who know nothing.

    • TroyG

      Sorry, but that attitude is one which is causing America a great deal of grief!
      Liberal Arts degrees are worthless, not useless.
      Technology is king, has been for 30 years, and that is where the good jobs are.
      I work for a very large company who brings engineers from India and other places in the world because American Education isn’t producing enough qualified engineers. Many times I attribute this to Teachers who are less scientific and math able, but they do know liberal arts.
      Teach a child reading, writing, arithmetic, and sciences.
      They can learn about Liberal Arts after they have a solid, good paying job.

    • Shredderofmass

      If you love art history or philospphy by all means study that. But if you go 100K in debt for a BA in art history you’re an idiot.

      • nortonburgess

        But according to some of these protestors, everyone should be paying for their college education because otherwise they will graduate with debt – and that’s just unfair, ‘ya know. /sarc

    • mike

      The point is… you can’t get a REAL job with an Art History degree. Majoring in English is not gonna get placed in the private sector.

      Wake up.

  • The 1%

    Got pepper spray??? Use it.

  • Linda

    Sad Amerika society. Lost brain washed people. Amerika land of bums!

  • Dan

    Typical hippie morons. Have no idea why they are protesting. Just there because other hippies are there and smoking dope. They want in on it. Oh yeah, and they want to re-elect Obama too. Cuz he’s helping the economy and jobs and stuff to man.

  • joe

    as Marlon Brando said in ‘The Wild One” when asked what he was protesting…”What do ya got?”

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  • Apple_241

    The protesters most likely drove to the protest in a car made by a corporation whose union workers pension is invested on Wall Street carrying signs crated from products that were created by corporations. They use their cell phones made by corporations to call and brag to their friends about being at the protest while drinking water bottled by a corporation. They open up their laptop computers made by a corporation to sign on to their Internet Service Provider which is also a corporation. They long on to the local news website to see how they are being reported upon by yet another corporation. For dinner tonight they are ordering pizza from yet another corporation. Corporations who for the most part are public entities whose stock is traded on Wall Street.

    • Paul


    • SofiasMami

      LOL!! The best comment yet about these gatherings. Seems it’s more about the herd mentality than anything else.

  • deadtome

    They are there because Soros told them to do it. The man who just a few weeks ago attempted to crash our currency. The man who is personally invested in the financial failure of the United States.THAT’S why these idiots are attacking our country. They are the mindless puppets of Soros and this is all about lining his pockets. They are truly useful idiots.

    • Gerri

      And you, you tea party bigoted cretin, I suppose you make up your thoughts by your little own lonesome self. Or do you march to the drone of Lush Limburg, Bill O’Really, Sean Insanity, and Glen Trainwreck??? Or do you get your orders from the deep pockets of the Koch brothers???? PLA –EEZZZEE!!! Give us all a break. We all know that these people and Haliburton are out for themselves. To loot the nation. They are worse than the 19th century robber barons. You – you tea party clowns are the useful idiots!

      • deadtome

        What I said is the truth. Look it up. You just responded with insults, like a “tolerant” liberal always does. Use a fact in your argument and i might be impressed. Insults are just the refuge of the weak-minded. Go away little girl, you add nothing. Oh and Soros’ balls are getting a little dry. Back to work you go.

      • JR

        And you Gerri,
        Please move to the nearest communist paradise. I’m sure they would let you immigrate.

      • Apple_241

        Gerri you stupid fleabagger clown. Did George Soros or the SEIU pay you to post in here today? Every american that holds a pension or a 401k is invested in wall street. The CORPORATION that made the computer you’re typing on is traded on wall street. The Internet Service Provider you are connecting with is most likely traded on Wall Street. Fleabaggers liberals like gerri are terminally stupid thanks to public education.

      • Chicken Sock Puppet

        So says the person who has never actually attended a TEA Party. As for the “bigoted” comment; did ya happen to notice that TEA Party favorite Herman Cain has taken a SUBSTANTIAL lead in the most recent Zogby polls? Yeah, there’s “intolerance” for ya: the TEA Party is BACKING AN INTELLIGENT BLACK MAN FOR PRESIDENT. Unlike the SEIU/union thugs protesting around the country; who back a black man who thinks there are 57 states in the union.

        As someone who has actually attended TEA Party events, my only question is: who are the Koch brothers? I’ve never had anyone give me “marching” orders – it was always grass roots involvement, ALWAYS.

      • Gates

        Aaahhh…The incoherent ramblings of the Obama liberal moron. The worlds largets most corrupt corporation is…wait for it….The United States Government.
        Get a life you idiot. Without corporate America there is no America.

      • G Soros

        Come on Gerri, you really don’t mean that do you? If you are just a student, then I can understand, you’re living in a Liberial bubble and can’t help it. If you’re unemployeed, then get a job you bum! If Fox news is so bad, then let’s compare them to MSNBC. Olberman, Madow, O’Donnell. These three alone are the worst when it comes to being one sided. Even in school they teach you to respect the debate, yet these three refuse to debate with real hard facks. Look, I’m no friend of corperate America, but then again I could have been born in Cuba! I bet you have NO CLUE why you are really support these people in NYC. If it were the banks, then try to live without them, China does! If it’s because you don’t have a real job, then find a new one. I for one, am sick and tired of people living off my hard work. I say stop the gravy train NOW!!!! No more money for anything but SS, MC. This country was fine for almost 200 years not giving away other people’s money just to get reelected. Shame on you for being so closed eyed about the Tea Party. I bet not a single person could stand a chance debating anyone of them! Guess it’s time you grow up!

      • Jeff

        Come up with something original! Like this, the problem with our society here is not Capitalism it is Crony Capitalism, where certain companies/industries use their lobbying clout to get regulations, tax credits, etc. passed that tilt the playing field in their favor. Both parties play the game but the tea parties have risen up to hold the Repubs feet to the fire. Who is holding your party responsible? Seems you Libs are the biggest fools of all because your leaders sell you this progressive line during the campaign but once they get into office do the bidding of these very multinationals you detest. Obama has launched more drone strikes than bush in half the time, look up how much one hellfire missile costs, thats going into the pockets of the most evil corporations out there arms manufacturers. The war in Afghanistan is still going, as well as Iraq, Guantanamo is still open. The Insurance corporations were 100% behind his healthcare reform because it makes everyone buy their product! Who do you think Wall St. gave more money to during the election, yep Obama. The largest mutinational in the world GE firmly in Obamas camp, GE has sheltered billions of dollars offshore to avoid paying US taxes a tactic used by another big Obama supporter Google. Meanwhile the Fed prints money to prop up Wall Street, at the cost of higher gas and food prices, and ridiculously low savings rates at the bank. Look what happened once the Feds QE programs ended. Stocks tank, commodities tank.

        Most great civilizations decay from within, our culture promotes vanity, and the pursuit of material goods. Now we are reaping the harvest, instead of trying to take from the wealthy we need to promote a society where Virtue and empathy for ones fellow man are glorified. Since our inception this country has been about the individual, now as the individual regresses we see our society regress in turn. Unless we create more virtuous citizens, who can balance country and the common good against their own needs the decline will continue unabated.

        And why do we have to be so rude to the other posters? You have more in common with each other than you do with the leaders that you defend/attack, remember that, right and left.

  • Paul

    You wonder why our children can get a decent eduction. In reading this story there is a quote from a ‘retired teacher’. She says, “I’m here because corporate greed and financial greed are ruining this country.” I guess she isn’t bright enough to realize that the vast majority of her pension fund is invested in the stock market. Therefore if you kill corporate profits and financial profits, her pension will go out the window. Then she’ll be out demonstrating about loss of her pension and not realizing she caused it. Dummies!!!!

  • John Woodson

    Nader/Chaz Bono 2012-Real Change

  • dumbbrats

    The idiots are using their iPhones to Tweet that they hate huge corporations. IDIOTS

  • M Theory

    Capitalism is not the problem. Capitalism makes a person like Steve Jobs want to get out of bed in the morning and work to create something!

    The problem is that our justice system is corrupted. Rich people can buy justice and the rule of law does not apply equally to all.

    If Occupy wants success they need to identify the criminals and their crimes. Publicize the crimes of specific people and demand justice.

    The only thing the criminals on Wall Street (and the criminals infested within our government) fear is the orange jumpsuit.

  • oopsie

    Wall Street gives far more money to the Democrats. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your hissy fit, kids.

  • Grasshopper Junction

    Can You Say Community ORGANIZER!!!!!!!! That was the one and only job the current occupant of the Whitehouse ever had.
    For those who don’t believe that his hoiliness obama isn’t organizing these protests with his brain dead zombies , they too are on their way to being obama zombies.

  • Peter

    Thes kids have been decieved. The Socialists/Communists have duped them to believe that THE GOVERNMENT is the Answer and Commerce is evil
    Hey kids you’ve been brainwashed by the New Age educators from the Alinsky model to destroy a nation. You will regret this day the rest of your lives once you learn about REALITY! Obama has cut off our domestic energy supply- given money to HIS CORP friends like his solar energy liar investments. Blame the Dems liar progressive party. BUT the truth learn about realiy – people do not wnat to live in Cuba. I pray Obama will resign .

  • JW

    Q:Always wondered what happened when Burning man ended here in Nevada………….A:Occupy LOL!

  • Greg Latvala

    Theyre just mad because now they got to grow up and get jobs.
    Its called the real world.

  • OklahomaBound

    “I’m here because corporate greed and financial greed are ruining this country,” said a retired educator.

    If we were looking for accuracy in reporting this guy should have been referred to as a “retired socialist propagandist” not an educator.

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