Occupy Santa Barbara Continues Despite Police Warnings

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Amanda Garcia
Executive Managing Editor

Approximately 50 demonstrators continued to protest under the Occupy Santa Barbara banner throughout the evening of October 4 around 11 p.m., despite the possibility of citations given out by police for those occupying De la Guerra Plaza between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Though ordinarily considered a public area, protesters were notified of the possibility of arrest if present during the aforementioned hours by fliers posted around the plaza by police earlier that day.

Supporters of Occupy Santa Barbara continued to chant “we are the 99 percent” in response to increasing tax breaks for the wealthy 1 percent population.

Twenty-five University of California Santa Barbara students observed the protest in solidarity across the street after a resolution to support the movement was made during the first official Human Rights Board meeting of the year.

“I think the overarching reason for all of us to be here is to make sure that peaceful assembly can occur and we’re within our rights,” said fourth-year political science major Stanley Tzankov.

Occupy Santa Barbara, an event which began yesterday at the De La Guerra Plaza across from city hall, was conceived and implemented along with 160 similar protests in cities across the nation following the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City.

“The way that us as students really see Wall Street manifested in our daily lives is through the privatization of our education and that’s essentially watching ‘UC’ become ‘UC Inc.'” said Human Rights Board Chair Sofia Armen, a third-year global studies and political science major.

As of press time, according to the Occupy Santa Barbara Facebook Page, 8 protesters  were arrested and cited by police amongst those present in De La Guerra Plaza, and later released from Santa Barbara County jail.

41 COMMENTS

  1. They should vote for Ron Paul if they really want to make a difference. Obama’s cabinet is laced with Goldman Sachs cronies. The FED is a privately owned banking institution that for some reason has the power to create money out of thin air. I looked at interview videos of the protesters in NY. A lot of them aren’t liberals at all, they are regressive Marxists. It is a pretty scary thing. A sign famously said, “A government is an entity which holds the monopolistic right to initiate force.” This isn’t liberal or representative of any liberal school of thought. I have no doubts there are a mix of people there, there are even Ron Paul supporters. But the talking points are way out of the ball park.

  2. Can we abstain from namecalling and grouping language? The “isms” and “ists” are not important. We need to come to agreement. I agree, audit the fed and end corporate personhood. We need a small number of issues to agree on. These internet threads fill up with thousands of fragmented ideas and that’s what this movement is.

    Let’s PLEASE focus on what we agree on and push forward. Dividing ourselves into sects and over petty disagreements will destroy the movement. let’s stay positive and progress!

  3. The protest began on Monday, October 3rd at 12:30 p.m., not “yesterday”, seeing as this article is timestamped October 5th. Please fact check your articles before posting them online. Also, why are there no quotes from actual protesters? There has been a steady core of people more than willing to talk to the press in DLG plaza continuously since Monday at noon. Stanley and Sofia are both amazing and well-meaning people, but if you want viewpoints on an issue, event, or movement it is often a good idea to talk to those directly participating as well.

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