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Protestors Ask City For Permission To Occupy Park

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"WE ARE THE 99%..."

The chant…by the group Occupy Sacramento…is a reference to what they say is the one-percent of Americans who have grown richer during the recession.

Demonstrators have spent the better part of a week rallying at the park. But police have told them to disburse each night …citing the city's anti-camping ordinance.

Some of the protesters were at last night's Sacramento City Council meeting. They want the city's permission to occupy the park 24-hours-a-day.

Protestors like Curtis Park resident and retired history teacher Mark Bradley told the council that they're demonstrating…not camping…so they should be exempt from the ordinance.

"When I was arrested last Sunday morning and taken to the county jail I must have seen at least 70 police officers, many in riot gear, who were taking part in the arrest and detainment of 14 of us. I understand this costs in excess of $4,000 to $5,000 for that night alone. What we are looking for is a place to dialogue face to face with our fellow citizens and hopefully forge a more equitable future for all of us."

Councilman Steve Cohn asked city staff to look into whether a special permit could be issued to the protestors.

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