Skip to comments.Protesters will end UC farm encampment
Posted on 05/12/2012 3:26:54 PM PDT by SmithL
Occupy the Farm protesters agreed Saturday to end their three-week encampment on UC Berkeley property in Albany, but rebuffed an invitation from the university to discuss how area can be used for both urban farming and for research.
Instead, the several dozen protesters set up ladders to scale the fence UC had erected around the area along San Pablo Avenue known as the Gill Tract and said they will continue to tend the vegetables and fruit trees they've planted on two of the five disputed acres.
As a result, the UC Regents said they won't drop the civil lawsuit they filed Wednesday accusing 13 protesters of trespassing.
"The fact that they are insisting on maintaining their ability to have free and unfettered access to our property does not even come close to meeting our minimal conditions," said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof. "All they needed to do was agree to work with us to coordinate activities."
The regents had said they would drop their suit if the protesters quit trespassing and joined in a discussion Saturday about how to use the land for both urban farming and for the plant research faculty members are planning for the site.
"It's a brass-tacks meeting," Mogulof said.
But what might seem a no-brainer to the public was regarded by protesters as a cynical move on UC Berkeley's part.
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how about camp enfarmment? (duck’n & runn’n)
Trying to relive the park riots of 1969?
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