Police Raid Berkeley Oak Grove AGAIN
Berkeley, CA February 19, 2008
At 6:15 this morning the University of California campus police initiated yet another raid on the Memorial Oak Grove in Berkeley. This latest aggression against the tree sitters was directed at the traverse lines that link the numerous tree platforms to food, water and the ground support. UCPD Assistant Chief Celaya, who was available onsite to answer questions regarding the raid, said that the action was in response to ongoing "health and safety " concerns.
The early morning activities at the grove brought out a large contingent of community supporters, news cameras and helicopters overhead. Community spokesperson Ayr, who has been with the tree-sit ground since day one, stated that it was the police that have created any existing health or safety issues. He pointed out that the erection of a fence has restricted public access and hence the removal of the human excrement. Ayr was equally critical of the attempts to cut the tree safety lines as he says this has resulted in tree sitter accidents in the past. The urban tree-sit is in its 445th day.
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