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UC Berkeley police officers trying to bring down tree protesters
Bay City News Service via CoCo Times ^ | 6/17/8

Posted on 06/17/2008 9:21:56 AM PDT by SmithL

About 25 University of California, Berkeley, police officers and a cherry-picker have converged at the Berkeley Oak Grove, where five climbers are being threatened and may have to come down today, according to Save the Oaks spokesman Doug Buckwald.

Buckwald said he began receiving calls on an emergency phone network from climbers who "have sent word by cell phone their belief that this is it - they are coming in to get them right now."

Protesters have been in the trees since UC regents voted in December 2006 to approve a plan to build a sports training center and other facilities near Memorial Stadium.

The project calls for clearing a grove of oak trees near the football stadium, which is where protesters have been living.

The Oak Grove is located just north of the intersection Bancroft Way and Piedmont Avenue, near the International House in Berkeley.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: berkeley; beserkeley; environmentalwackos; treehuggers; treesitters; uc
It's time to harvest all the fruits & nuts in the People's Republic.
1 posted on 06/17/2008 9:21:56 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

If you shoot them wont they just fall out of the tree. Seen it done with a bear.


2 posted on 06/17/2008 9:26:08 AM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: SmithL

If they’re takin’ the monkeys out now, they better be cuttin’ down the trees after lunch.


3 posted on 06/17/2008 9:29:30 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: SmithL
“C'mon down from there Tarzan... ”


4 posted on 06/17/2008 9:30:09 AM PDT by johnny7 (Don't mess with my tag-lines!)
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To: SmithL
Bring 'em down.
5 posted on 06/17/2008 9:31:45 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: SmithL

Get some extender leads for the Taser. That should do it.


6 posted on 06/17/2008 9:32:38 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: SmithL
Beat ya to it:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2032304/posts

7 posted on 06/17/2008 9:35:17 AM PDT by cdbull23 (What's going on in my brain? Check it out: cainsbrain.blogspot.com)
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UC cutting tree-sitters' lines in grove outside Memorial Stadium

Chronicle Staff Report
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Berkeley -- UC Berkeley began removing tree-sitters' gear and cutting cables from a grove outside Memorial Stadium today, as a long-running protest aimed at preventing the university from cutting down the grove neared a possible climax.

Officers have cordoned off the sidewalk on Gayley Road just west of the stadium and are "telling people it's a crime scene," said Doug Buckwald, director of Save the Oaks, a group that has opposed the university's plans to clear the grove to make way for a training center that would adjoin the stadium.

Dan Mogulof, a spokesman for the university, said, "We are removing gear and removing lines. We are not removing people."

Climbers hired by the university are cutting lines that run from one tree to another and are removing supplies that protesters have stored in the branches, Mogulof said.

It is unclear how many protesters are in the trees. Buckwald estimated there were four, while Mogulof said there were as many as 11.

Mogulof said some of the tree sitters were "using their own waste as weapons" and had thrown jars and buckets full of urine and excrement toward the 20 to 30 police officers on the ground. None of the missiles has scored a direct hit, he said.

EXCERPT: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/17/BAEC11AJ2P.DTL



UC Berkeley's tree sitters protest the university's plans to build a $125 million sports training center in this oak grove next to Memorial Stadium in December 2007. At least one of the trees is more than a century old.


Supporters of tree-sitting protesters hand off food to one of the tree sitters at UC Berkeley on Sept. 14, 2007.

8 posted on 06/17/2008 9:36:58 AM PDT by SmithL (Look at Hillary's marriage, and tell me she won't settle for second place)
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To: SmithL
some of the tree sitters were "using their own waste as weapons

I was going to suggest borrowing Denver's "Crap Cannon" but that would only provide ammo for the tree monkeys........

9 posted on 06/17/2008 9:43:59 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: SmithL

about 4 guys with parabolic mirrors focused correctly should do it.


10 posted on 06/17/2008 9:49:25 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: SmithL
Moonbeam Saperstein receives tofu and vegamite sandwiches from his fellow filthy hippies. Tolerance Seagull, Moonbeam's "ole' lady" said, "I am like so proud and like, really like, happy that Moonbeam is up in a tree... What are we talking about?"
11 posted on 06/17/2008 9:51:30 AM PDT by Holicheese (Hillary deserves the CMoH for her time in Tuzla!)
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To: Walkingfeather

12 posted on 06/17/2008 9:52:03 AM PDT by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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To: SmithL

Bring in a crane; attach it to the top of the tree; cut the tree down, lower the tree to the ground with the protester in it. Either that, or just start cutting off the limbs around the protester.


13 posted on 06/17/2008 9:58:37 AM PDT by rivercat (The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. - William Shakespeare)
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To: SmithL

They probably think all their supporters are getting married in the gay weddings today.


14 posted on 06/17/2008 10:08:10 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: SmithL

I’d be perfectly happy if they would just shoot the communist bas***** out of the tree. This is anarchy and should be treated as such. We have held off dealing with this type of thing far to long. Had we shot a few protesters back in the 1960s it would have ended that in a hurry. Of course then we would have made them martyrs, just witness what happened at Kent State.


15 posted on 06/17/2008 10:08:58 AM PDT by calex59
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To: SmithL

I lived in International House, next to this grove, for several years. I used to sit under the trees, and they were beautiful. This little grove was one of the few leafy places still in the area.

That said, it is the property of the University of California. If they want to bulldoze it, I’m not going to stand in their way, lest somebody stand in my way when I want to cut down trees in my own backyard.


16 posted on 06/17/2008 10:09:22 AM PDT by gridlock ( If Obama becomes "suddenly" radioactive, the Supers are going find new respect the Popular Vote.)
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To: SmithL

We just had a discussion about how in Des Moines Iowa it was tree huggers who caused the delay on repairing some dikes that broke and caused part of the flooding. They got the neighborhood riled up that trees were going to be destroyed to fix the dike. Doubt you will see this in the msm.


17 posted on 06/17/2008 10:09:22 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: SmithL

Try rubber bullets.


18 posted on 06/17/2008 10:13:31 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Does Obama know ANYONE who likes America, capitalism, or white people?)
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To: SmithL

Shoot them in the a$$ with a Pellet Rifle and they’ll come down real quick. No real harm but they won’t be sitting anywhere for a while, let alone a tree.


19 posted on 06/17/2008 10:14:49 AM PDT by Condor51 (I have guns in my nightstand because a Cop won't fit)
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To: SmithL

TiiiiiMmmmmmmBerrrrrrr!!!


20 posted on 06/17/2008 10:17:36 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Bible toting, bitter and armed with slashing sarcasm.)
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To: SmithL
Get 'em Girl!


21 posted on 06/17/2008 10:18:58 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: rightinthemiddle

Yep. Once they hear those saws, they’ll be scrambling their scared little liberal butts down those trees like the Viking Kitties hearing a can of Friskies opening.


22 posted on 06/17/2008 10:25:43 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Right Cal Gal

Two words:

Det. Cord.


23 posted on 06/17/2008 10:28:56 AM PDT by null and void (Bureaucracies are stupid. They grow larger by the square of their age and stupider by its cube.)
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To: svcw

I know several redneck squirrel, possum, and ‘coon hunters who would be more than glad to help... ‘-)


24 posted on 06/17/2008 10:30:00 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: SmithL
where five climbers are being threatened

:/

25 posted on 06/17/2008 10:44:39 AM PDT by Minnesoootan
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To: SmithL
Since these tree-huggers are probably animal rights wacko's too, I'd love to see the cops fence the entire area and let a family of hungry beavers, who have really big teeth, loose inside.

Wonder what they'd do then?

26 posted on 06/17/2008 10:46:36 AM PDT by MountainDad
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To: SmithL
Fence off the area, release a leopard into it.

Leopards love to climb trees.

27 posted on 06/17/2008 11:26:36 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: usmcobra

hmm....I like it... not subtle but effective.


28 posted on 06/17/2008 8:58:34 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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