With the campus empty of students and most of the Bay Area media covering same-sex marriages, UC-Berkeley today launched an assault on the tree sitters that have been occupying an oak grove.
The protestors, who have been conducting a sit-in in the trees for 18 months to prevent destruction of the grove for a new university building, fought back with their own excrement as “arborists” attempted to cut ropes and other gear the protestors use to haul supplies to their perches.
An article on Bay Area Indymedia, a website devoted to protest reports and organizing by the left, reported that five “contract climbers” were attempting to dislodge protestors’ gear.
The action comes the day before a decision is expected to be announced in a lawsuit brought by the protestors and the city of Berkeley to stop construction of the proposed atheletic training facility. The protestors first scaled the trees on Dec. 1, 2006.