SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Protesters said they will refuse to leave Cesar Chavez Park Saturday night and expect “mass arrests” sometime after midnight.
A media release from organizers of the “Occupy Sacramento” protests said demonstrators are ready to hold firm when police close the park at midnight. City ordinances prevent camping overnight in Sacramento, but protesters said the regulations are a violation of their constitutional rights.
About 20 people were arrested Thursday night after they refused to leave the park.
About 100 protesters moved into midtown Sacramento Saturday evening to occupy the Second Saturday Art Walk, saying they wanted the local vendors to hear their message.
The event was peaceful and no arrests were reported during the day.
The Sacramento protests were inspired by the demonstrations in New York City, dubbed “Occupy Wall Street,” which have lasted for three weeks and continue to grow.