UC Berkeley Police BlocksMemorial Oak Grove Tree-Sit Resupply
Berkeley, CA February 20, 2008
Just more than 24 hours after the U C Berkeley campus police raided the Memorial Oak Grove, they have returned. Police set up a third barrier in front of the two existing fences in an effort to cut off all food and supplies to those occupying the Oak Grove west of the stadium. The new fence now extends across the city's sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to walk in the street along with the vehicular traffic.
This third barrier raises a number of questions including the legality of the structure. Berkeley has previously denied the university permission to place a third fence on city property at this location. It also calls into question public pronouncements made by University Public Relations Director Dan Mogulof only yesterday when he said that UCB would not restrict food or water to the tree sitters.
The university's latest action came a few hours before a scheduled community press conference to protest yesterday's police raid. As expected, Grove supporters were also ready to re-supply the tree-sit only to find a large contingent of campus police blocking their access. A scuffle ensued and the police were rebuffed until the food lift was completed. The tree-sit is in its 446th day. Berkeley Internet NEWS
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