SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Dozens of protesters remained inside the state Capitol Monday night after California Highway Patrol officers shut down the building and were arrested after ignoring repeated orders to leave.

The CHP said 68 people were arrested Monday evening and four earlier in the day. The protesters who were arrested for refusing to leave will be charged with trespassing, CHP Capt. Andy Manard said.

The number dwindled from about 100 after California Highway Patrol officers gave the first order to leave. They gave at least four dispersal orders after the Capitol’s 6 p.m. closing time but didn’t start making arrests until after 7:30 p.m., according to CBS13’s Derek Shore.

“We gave them about seven or eight opportunities to avoid arrest,” Manard said. “We wanted to give them every opportunity to leave. Having that many arrests puts a stress on the jails too.”

Several of the protesters went limp as officers dragged them out of the building, Shore says. Each time one of them was arrested, the rest would cheer.

The number of police soon outnumbered the protesters, who chanted “No cuts, no fees, education must be free.” They were part of a daylong protest over state budget cuts to education.

One protester left right before CHP officers started making arrests, saying he didn’t want to miss class on Tuesday. “I stayed as long as I could,” he said.

Earlier in the day, some of the thousands of students protesting at the state Capitol moved inside and were occupying the rotunda as the police presence intensified.

About 300 people were inside the rotunda before police blocked it off, some sitting on the floor. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Senator Darrell Steinberg were among those mingling with the students inside.

“The students today are reflecting the frustrations of millions of Californians who have seen their public schools and universities eroded year after year,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in released statement. “That’s why it’s imperative that we get more tax revenue this November.”

The CHP, which is in charge of security at the Capitol, blocked any more students from entering the rotunda, saying there the area had reached capacity allowed by the fire code.

However, the Capitol stayed open and people were starting to line up in the halls.

Organizers had estimated 10,000 people would participate in the “Fund Our Future” march and rally.

“We really want to improve our lives, but unfortunately we can’t when fees keep getting raised,” said protester Sabrina Root, who attends Sierra College.

Law enforcement officers lined up en masse on streets near the Capitol, and a CHP helicopter flew overhead as protesters converged at the building.

CHP officers detained a couple of protesters for carrying signs that looked like metal shields. Ironically, the two detained students were among the 19 people pepper-sprayed on the campus of UC Davis back in November.

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The Sacramento Chapter of the Guardian Angels said its members were on hand “acting as additional eyes and ears for the police.”

The protesters want the governor and Legislature to raise taxes on the wealthy and use that money on public education.

Monday’s Capitol rally comes four days after college students held rallies, marches, walkouts and teach-ins at about 30 campuses across California.

Organizers say the demonstrations were organized to coincide with state budget negotiations.

The massive protest comes one week after two officers were hurt in a clash between members of the Occupy movement and a pro-white group at the Capitol.

Comments (64)
  1. Cowboy says:

    So … students who think that education is too expensive … blow off a day in class to protest. If they can afford to flush a day of class down teh drain … maybe it’s not too expensive afterall. Either that, or that have no true appreciation of the cost oand value of the education they are getting.

    1. Lance Neufeld says:

      Oh, that kind of logic is lost on these idiots!

  2. Lance Neufeld says:

    Arrest them all! Let them consider the high cost of legal defense instead! Why should the so-called “rich” be paying for education any more than the rest of us? How about reducing the trash on welfare to help fund education? Maybe put a stop to the plan to give illegals in-state tuition rates! This state is ridiculous!

    1. jose says:

      Well said…………..

      1. MAC49 says:

        Once again……..Taxpayers lose…….We have to pay for their defense, No Money, Public Defender, Paid by the taxpayers, NOT THEM, Taxpayers lose again!

  3. Rusty says:

    All I know is that I worked in a factory in summer, and retail during the school year to pay for my undergraduate degree. But back then (mid 90s), I made enough. I was lucky enough to get out with only $12,000 in loans, which I paid off – I could not afford to go to graduate school, however. There is no way I’d be able to pay for a BS degree today with that salary. How can these kids do that when there isn’t even a factory for *anyone* to work at anymore.

  4. Jerry Drawhorn says:

    In the mid-1990’s the UC fees were about $4000/year and CSU about $1700.

    Currently it is UC tuition 2012 $12000 and CSU $7000

    The plan is for UC tuition to rise to $22,000/year by 2015 . That’s without housing, food, textbooks and other expenses.

    I guess the students realize that somehow taking a day off from work or school is NECESSARY for them to even have a shot at affording college by the time they graduate. Cowboy, keeping people so consumed by poverty and work has always been the tool used by the powerful elites to prevent people from making changes. It was used to quell unions, blacks in the South during segregation, peasants in Europe, and was the strategy of the British military in trying to subdue the American revolution “those farmers will have to go back to their families and farms after a few months…or face famine.”

    1. MAC49 says:

      Get a job and a loan, You like those out of control unions, NOW PAY FOR THEM!

    2. Harry says:

      See my comments below, it might help you, your really out of touch……..You really should get a clue, if there was a more qualified pool for elites to hire from it would save them money and get them be
      tter employees. What seems to be lost on people is a good educational system benifits everyone.

  5. Cowboy says:

    The price of the education is out of control … but its because the education elitists are trying to get the government to give it away “for free” to everyone … thus removing any need for financial restraint from a competative market place. The student’s problem isn’t that the government is cutting it’s funding, and thus raising their fees … it’s that the education system is financilly out of control and won’t cut it’s own costs or spending. When I went to school in the ’80s … I paid my tuition thru savings, work and loans that I paid back … as did most of the students attending. Today, over half the students attend for free on grants that they do not have to pay back. The education system is becoming a mirror to the income tax base … in that only half the students are paying and the other half get it for free … and only 50% of income earners pay income taxes while the other half get cash back they never paid into the system. The side that is getting it for free wants to keep it that way, and the side that is paying is tired of cost increases and wants it for free as well. Well guess what, nothing is free … the government doesn’t make any money, they only take it. So the students, not understanding the cost or value of their education are basically demanding that someone else, pay their way. And as California is fast learning, their simply isn’t enough ways to tax it’s population in order to give awy everything “for free”. Those of us who are paying are paying more than our “fair share” already.

    1. MAC49 says:

      You are so right, but try to tell them they need to get a job, work, get an education at the same time. If you want an education bad enough you will find a way without freeloading off the tax payers, try a loan and pay it back if your education is so important to you. They need to stop wanting everything handed to them. WORK FOR IT! You may have to work and go to school but if your education is that important, shouldn’t be a problem.If you have time to stand around protest and cost the taxpayers money, you have time to work.

    2. scoobydoozmom says:

      my daughter knew that we could not pay for college so she is smart enough to make the goverment pay her for her education…she became a marine to defend our country and get an education…all of these occupiers make me so up set..if you want some thing go out and get it…all of you out there protesting…are waisting your day protesting instead of looking for a job..ive been unemployed for 3 years and yet i still have money coming into help out my household i do house cleaning, petsitting ,pet feeding, whatever it takes to keep me in a cash flow…stop whining and look at the big picture…my daughter is putting her life on the line for you to be having a tantrum..and getting a college degree for free…maybe you all should all man up and grow a pair instead of comlaining at the state capital..go and enlist and get your degree..make your goverment pay for it!!!

      1. MAC49 says:

        You are more than right, but that means they would have to earn it and that is not what they want. They want it handed to them. Put their life on the line? Not likely. Look at them, they probably couldn’t pass the physcial, nor the background check. They think let someone else fight for my freedom, They just want, want, want, me, me, me. Selfish, thankless, generation. ONLY IN AMERICA!

  6. Harry says:

    Such Idiots, when will people realize the true 1% are the state, county and city workers who retire in their 50s and 60s with great pensions and benefits, subsidized by everyone else works into their 70s.

  7. Sarah says:

    PEPPER SPRAY THEM ALL arrest them for trespassing and then hand them a bill for the damage

    Education is Free – GROW UP

    1. JJ says:

      Education is free…obviously you have never attended college.

    2. justin says:

      “trespassing”? How is entering the capitol trespassing? You need some serious schooling. Plus I’m almost positive there’s no real “damage”.

  8. Jim says:

    These protesters are so misguided (ignorant/stupid/clueless) since the escalating fees of tuition are a DIRECT result of the greedy (overpaid) professors, staff, union employees of the UC system. Research what these employees were paid 5-10 years ago and fast forward to today’s salaries/earning..greedy administrators who gave themselves way too many and unsustainable raises. Hey protestors..go protest the greedy regents and union leaders who approved the MANY pay raises and way too generous benefits. These people live in a fantasy world while the rest of us in the private sector have given MANY concessions or have lost jobs.

    1. justin says:

      You’re the “ignorant” one. So many of the full-time professors in the Cal State schools have been replaced with low paid part-time professors who’s salary is far less than $50,000 a year, without taxes. You think that’s overpaid? These people all have Ph.D.s and put a hell of a lot of work in and deserve more money, and cannot get a raise.

      I do agree, though, that administrators are all overpaid. Look at our Provosts, Chancellors, and Presidents. Their salaries are well above $100K and they come with packages (i.e. president’s car mileage is paid for, and housing too).

  9. Milan Moravec says:

    UC Berkeley (UCB) pulls back access and affordability to instate Californians. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for public Cal. with a $50,600 payment from born abroad foreign and out of state affluent students. And, foreign and out of state tuition is subsidized in the guise of diversity while instate tuition/fees are doubled.

    UCB is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 foreign students and displaces qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of Calif. funded assets are included (as they should be), out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 + and does NOT subsidize instate tuition). Instate tuition now more expensive than Harvard, Yale. Like Coaches, Chancellors Who Do Not Measure-Up Must Go.

    More recently, Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police deployed violent baton jabs on Cal. students protesting Birgeneau’s tuition increases. Tough choices must be made: the sky will not fall when Birgeneau and his $450,000 salary are ousted. Opinions make a difference; email UC Board of Regents

  10. Deanna says:

    A correction in the state budget would only solve part of the problem. The educational institutions are over pricing their education whether they get government support or not. Student loan institutions keep fronting ridiculous sums of money at the expense of the students’ futures knowing student loans can’t be forgiven like any other type of loan through bankruptcy. It is a form of predatory lending that has virtually been given the green light by government without consideration to students’ limits. The government should focus on student loan lending policies as well as the budget.

  11. Tony says:

    I was there at 8:00 and there was no more that 15 people and 3 dogs outside. The media lies when the truth is easier. Morons.

  12. Tricia says:

    I haven’t read all of the comments but one of the list named Cowboy…ought to get some eye drops so he could wake up to what is happening to the world around us. The list is too long to put in this box, however something should be done about the situation caused by the money grabbers that are busy stuffing their pockets….money being the problem across the board. My Grandma used to say…”Money is the route to all EVIL.” He name was Sadie and she was the best…….you could meet.
    I do believe that a person who is not a citizen of the United States ever get a free ride.

    1. Harry says:

      You might want to read cowboys comment again, what cowboy says is right, government is giving so many loans out that the cost of public education is getting close to the cost of private education. I think you might need some eye drops, its called supply and demand. The way it works is when there is more demand than supply costs go up because people pay for it. Most people you go to college with don’t graduate and due to a lack of vocational programs they cant get a job. Maybe we should invest more in vocational programs rather they raid the people that work hard for more tax revenue to pay for a bunch of college drop outs. If you still cant understand read this article

  13. Stoney Trails says:

    The Sacramento Chapter of the Guardian Angels said its members were on hand “acting as additional eyes and ears for the police.”

    Hope you don’t get your ass’s kicked Again.

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