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.

Comments (550)
  1. John says:

    Your reporter did a fine job Thursday on the late TV news of presenting the protesters in a fair light, giving them a chance to speak without taking a cynical angle. Your reporting promotes democratic expression of viewpoints by grassroots movements that are not as slick as corporate and government voices. Kudos to you for not taking the cynical view that Fox News would have used with this story.

  2. red says:

    Reveals what stupid uneducated mooks reside in this SAC region. These Gen Y tools dont even know WHY they’re protesting. Pathetic compared to NY Occupy and other cities.
    Elites…go ahead and begin the depopulation program already. Maybe it is not such a bad idea with all the lowlifes here.

  3. Billy says:

    This is what you get when you have under qualified people ruining, I mean running the country.

  4. Nic says:

    Our One Clear Demand: TAKE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!!

    Very simple. I didn’t say it would be easy. It is an extremely complicated and deep-seeded problem that will take time to fix. But if we can’t stop our corrupt politicians from being bought by corporations, we are headed for a financial disaster that none of us want to see. The government does not show signs of changing anything. Unless we remove money and business interest from politics, we will never have a fair system. We’ve been sold out.

    Please watch this video. Dylan Ratigan is a really well spoken journalist, with a background in finance and a passion for what needs to be done to fix our “bought” government system. And in this video, with a ton of energy, he lays out exactly how it should happen.


  5. Kevin Barron says:

    Most of these people don’t know why they get up in the morning; why should we expect them to know why they are there?

    1. Mariah Morgan says:

      That is garbage. They are there because there are millions of people just like them, and there are a million threads that make up the unifying theme of despair and disparity that are directly tied to the tiny thread of capitalist prosperity which has been guiding this country, and leaving the majority left out of any sense of power or security. You would get a million answers, a million stories, if you asked them each individually what is driving them, but there is no such disunion in the faction which has put them there.

      Empathy, sympathy, poverty, disadvantage, racism, sexism, educational pursuit, health problems, ignorance, ignore-ance, exclusion, repression, abandonment, disjunction, induced apathy, powerlessness, ineffectualness, and the many other things that have kept people overwhelmed to the point of paralysis are much harder to express when the numbers swell to such incomprehensible numbers. “Profit” is much easier to understand, and much easier to numerically outline, than the value of utilitarianism, or pain, or justice.

      The reason there is trouble to express the many different needs or wants of the protesters is because they are so diffuse, but at the same time united in purpose: deprivation. They/we are being deprived of so much, and from so many angles, that the only thing that has come to the forefront of that is the desperation that accompanies deprivation.

      Too many of the problems expressed by the protesters arise from this deprivation, and resultant desperation, and that is not profitable. Thus it is cast aside by the likes of you, who are unable to empathize with these million stories, when the glint of gold flashes in your eyes instead. It is easier to cast aside the millions begging for change, when you see only the change in your pocket, and not the potential change in the world.

      The irony is that you, yourself, are probably in the 99%. To paraphrase Steinbeck, you probably don’t see yourself as an exploited poor, but “a temporarily embarrassed millionaire.”

  6. marco says:

    this Proved my Point those idiots do no know why they are Protested,I tell you why because they don’t have nothing to do if Obama Put theme to at List Sweep the Streets for the Money he is giving theme witch is our tax money,they will not be destroying the City.Obama put those Lazy People to Work.

    1. timmy says:

      Here’s a handy key for those who can barely decipher what this fine gentleman is articulating:

      no = not
      nothing = anything
      theme = them
      list = let’s
      theme = them
      witch = which

  7. Vick says:

    So when the retired educator went on strike sometime in their career for more money I guess that was not greed.

    Do we really want to live in a country where we don’t have a chance to succeed, only a life of sameness? I still can’t see where taking away all of Oprah’s money by the government is going to enrich my life one bit.

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