Friday, July 04, 2008
Only Three Berkeley Tree-Sitters Remain
University of California officials have ramped up pressure in recent weeks on a group of tree-sitters who are protesting plans to cut down 44 oak trees to make way for a planned $140 million sports training center next to Memorial Stadium.
The project has been challenged in court and a judge is expected to make a ruling in the long and complicated case later this month. But university officials, apparently optimistic of a favorable ruling, have started making life difficult for the tree sitters by cutting off their supplies. Each tree-sitter is given two or three energy bars a day, plus bottled water, by university officials. All other support lines have been cut off.
The move is working. Four of the tree-sitters, including one known as "Dumpster Muffin," ended their protests this week. Three remain perched in the trees and the protesters say they plan to tough it out until the judge rules on the case.
Posted by dawizofodds at 11:29 AM