SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Demonstrators marched peacefully to the Capitol on Saturday as part of the global “Occupy” protests, but activists said they expected to be arrested when authorities close down the park after midnight.
Hundreds of protesters, including anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, marched from Cesar Chavez Park to the steps of the Capitol during the day to denounce corporate greed and Wall Street.
Marchers went back to the park in the late afternoon, promising to remain throughout the night despite threats of arrest after midnight.
Dozens of demonstrators have been arrested over the past week and a half after they refused to stop their “occupation” of the park late at night. Despite petitions to city officials this week, the demonstrations are unlikely to be granted an exemption to Sacramento’s overnight camping ordinances.
“I’m going to sit down, and many people have come up to me and said they’re going to join me tonight,” Sheehan said. “We’ll just see how the police respond.”
The “Occupy Wall Street” protests in New York City went global over the weekend, prompting demonstrations in cities across the world.