Occupy Santa Cruz protesters took to the street outside the Wells Fargo Bank on River Street Wednesday, complaining about the indictments of 11 of their members who took over and vandalized an empty bank building at 75 River St. in November.
Alex Darocy, who is up on trespass charges and was seen covering the bank's windows with cardboard on the night of the takeover, recorded this confrontation with Deputy Chief Steve Clark and posted it on YouTube.
On their Facebook page, after midnight Friday, the Occupiers said they were going to re-occupy again with a 24-hour presence.
"Re-establishing 24 hour presence:
Much enthusiasm for re-establishing. Strategy discussed, legal
**Proposal to attempt to re-occupy tonight.
Rush Tent Monster is back!"
They also wrote about their back and forth with the police:
1. Discussion of yesterday’s action:
Review: Yesterday was OSC concensed upon action by Direct Action Working Group. We gathered at Wells Fargo at 3pm and maintained our protest for over three hours. Wells Fargo was shut down for 2 1/2 hours – they closed for the day. The police showed up in force and harassed demonstrators for a brief period of time.
A Media Group member was viewing livestream and live tweeting. Media group will be publishing account of police harassment. Very offended by the way peaceful protesters were treated.
Another Occupier encouraged autonomous action to mask up at such events. Police were walking around yesterday with cameras. Request not to call masked persons by name on livestream."