SACRAMENTO, CA - In the wake of an active Thusday evening, 'Occupy Sacramento' protestors decided to leave Cesar Chavez Park when it closed rather than getting arrested a second time.
The "Occupy" movement started in New York City with "Occupy Wall Street" to protest corporate greed. The movement spread across the country and eventually to Sacramento.
Sacramento police arrested 20 protesters just after midnight Thursday after passing out flyers, giving warnings and ordering people to leave when the park closed at 11 p.m. Many of those protesters decided earlier in the day that they would stay regardless of warnings and get arrested.
Hundreds of protestors were at Cesar Chavez Park Friday morning, marching within the park and along nearby streets. However, Friday night was not meant with the same steam as Thursday night.
An agreement was made by many of the protestors to not stay past midnight, the park's closing time Friday. Instead, many plan to regain momentum on Saturday, hoping to gather more support and protestors to possibly stage another "arrest me if you must" event.
Several people arrested after Thursday night's protest said they will not risk being arrested again.
The protestors who were arrested Thursday face steep fines and possible jail time. Other protestors have court dates set for them to defend charges relating to refusing to leave the park after it closed when asked.
By Natalie Sentz, firstname.lastname@example.org