Two More Activists Voluntarily Leave Memorial Oak Grove Tree-Sit
Berkeley CA. June 25, 2008
Two of the remaining tree sitters at Berkeley's Memorial Oak Grove have voluntarily come down from their tree this evening. Messo, an UC Berkeley student sitter, spoke briefly to the press* before descending to the ground. He wanted to make it clear to the public that the choice to end his participation had nothing to do with the university's starve out tactics.
Messo said, "There has been a movement that has defended this grove for over five hundred and eighty days...and that movement remains, that movement is stronger than ever, and that movement will continue to protect this grove until it is saved in perpetuity" (572th day).
Both tree sitters were met by campus police at the base of the tree, handcuffed and walked out of the grove.
* Berkeley Citizen was specifically asked by the two tree-sitters to monitor their descent and the UC Berkeley campus police.
Note: This video also includes a Channel 4 news broadcast (San Francisco Bay area) with shared footage was from Berkeley Citizen. However, the news bureau failed to specifically identify their source.
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