Today thousands of students, faculty, and supporters of public education rally in Sacramento to participate in a mass demonstration against the privatization of public education.
Here is the schedule:
10 am – March begins at Southside Park
11 am – Student association sponsored Rally to Fund Our Future
1 pm – People’s Assembly Inside the Capitol Building
4:30 pm – Nonviolent Direct Action Training inside the Capitol Building
5:30 pm – Afterwork rally in solidarity with Occupy the Capitol
Occupy Education and Refund California have asked for those participating to follow the statement below:
“The Occupy the Capitol action will be a mass nonviolent action.
Those involved in its organization will not engage in acts of property
damage either inside or outside the capitol and do not condone such
acts. Decisions about tactics will be made democratically.”
The news feed below will be updated throughout the day.
9:25am – Students arrive in the masses, numbers estimated to be 2,000 and counting.
10am – March starts at 5th and T street. Buses are still coming in.
10:27 March continues to the Capitol.
10:43 – Demonstration arrives at the Capitol building.
11:45pm – A variety of students and faculty speak out out against the privatization of education in the public sector as officials inside the capitol building look out from their windows.
11:45pm – 1pm – The numbers have gone from a high of about 11,000 to under 1,000. Some demonstrators went inside to occupy the Capital building. The majority of demonstrators have left.
5pm – RIOT POLICE have formed lines in front of the Capitol building. Their numbers are estimated to be about 50-60 police officers fitted in riot gear. The police are stating that the once lawful assembly is now an unlawful assembly. The reason being is because the assembly was only permitted to stay until 1pm.
6:14pm - Three helicopters are circling the area. Can’t i.d helicopters as news or law enforcement.
6:52pm UNCONFIRMED – 80 people have been arrested inside the Capitol building.
6:55pm - Police have shutdown a portion of the Capitol building. 25-30 protestors are on their way to the west entrance in order to participate in acts of civil disobedience.
7:38pm – Kennington Cung (Spoiled Minds Reporter) “People have not been arrested. Police have just given the final dispersement order.
7:59pm – OFFICIAL – Arrests have been made. Detained people are being taken out of the Capitol building.
8:34pm – Last Police Van has left the Capitol. 60-80 are estimated to have been arrested so far.
9:13pm – All persons inside the Capitol have been arrested. News teams have left the reporters. Demonstrators in front of the Capitol supporting those being arrested inside are slowly starting to disperse.