Skip to comments.UCPD Attempting to Take Tree-Sitters Down
Posted on 06/17/2008 9:00:40 AM PDT by cdbull23
The tree-sit that has been going on for more than 18 months in the oak grove near Memorial Stadium may have reached its end now that UCPD officers are attempting to take the sitters out.
In the latest of several developments, an arborist harnessed on the end of a crane was mobilized onto one of the trees where he was attempting to cut down a structure in the tree when a tree-sitter began hitting him with a plastic bottle. The workman was pulled out of the tree by the crane.
Two cherry pickers are also on the site, one of them carrying two police officers who have cut some of the ropes that the sitters use to travel between the trees.
At least 20 UCPD officers in hard hats are currently at the scene. Beginning at approximately 6 a.m., they erected a third barrier around the oak grove that blocks pedestrians from using the sidewalk on the west side of Piedmont Avenue.
Some of the tree-sitters yelled from the trees while a few of them have poured excrements down to UCPD officers below.
"Don't worry, we're ready for this," said protest leader Zachary RunningWolf.
At least 15 pedestrians have stopped to watch the ongoing scene.
The actions come one day before a lawsuit ruling will determine whether or not the campus can proceed with the construction an athletic center. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller is expected to issue a ruling in the case tomorrow.
One guy started booing all the hippies. Some old hippie lady and some old guy got in his face with flurry of F-words. He just laughed in their faces. I'm guessing he's one of the physical plant employees here at the university. Most of his buddies were there, laughing too.
This is good news for all of us Cal Football fans.
California is absolutely wacko. So wacko Californians don’t even realize they’re wacko.
Good to hear there’s a reasonable soul such as yourself there.
A BTT. I see the enviros are behaving with their usual moderation.
Hi Admin, maybe we could add in parenthesis at the end (Breaking in Berkeley) or something like that. This is happening now — and it’s pretty damn funny.
That's a battery right there.
Arrest this puke.
Any chance that a local station is carrying on-line coverage?
We are not wacko, IMHO the sitters should just marry the tree! /s
"FreeRepublic.com -- cutting down trees since 19xx!"
“the sitters should just marry the tree! “
And the sitter would be greated with a woodie every morning? :`)
I'm searching for links too, but none yet - I bet there will be coverage at the noon news
Praying for fire hoses.
The local SWAT team needs some practice.
CHAIN SAWS would help the situation.
greated = greeted
They’re going about this the hard way.
Set a bonfire under the tree, and watch how fast these idiots climb down.
Like one of my professors, “Bush is a Fascist,” but anytime he disagreed with some government decision he is entitled to stand in the way and the police who enforce order are Jack Booted Thugs.
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