'Occupy Raleigh' refuses to back down

October 15, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
Anti-Wall Street protestors say they're not going away after 20 people were arrested following a demonstration at the State Capitol.

Raleigh police were on hand Sunday as protestors returned for day two of "Occupy Raleigh."

About three dozen people gathered along Morgan Street in Raleigh holding signs with messages that read "Stop Corporate Greed" and "Money is Not Speech."

"This represents the working class. This represents the needs of people who are often overlooked in our government," protestor Stacie Borrello said.

Borrello says the group plans to continue their occupation of the State Capitol, even though day one ended with more than a dozen arrests.

On Saturday, Raleigh police arrested 20 people who sat down, linked arms, and refused to leave the Capital grounds.

The protestors arrested range from age 20 to 66. Most are from Raleigh, with others from Pembroke and Martinsville, Virginia. They're charged with trespassing in connection with protest.

Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony Raters was one of the people arrested Saturday night.

“We thought this is a free park and why should we leave? We're silently protesting and we're not doing anything violent," Raters said.

Raters says he came back on Sunday to help keep the Occupy Raleigh movement alive.

"We're totally peaceful. We're obeying the laws," he said.

It's unclear how long the protestors will stay on the Capitol grounds.

The group says they will keep a presence in Downtown Raleigh until their voices are heard.

No other arrests had been reported by police Sunday evening.

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