UC-Berkeley removes tree sitters' gear, structures at oak grove
Kristin Bender and Sean Maher - Bay Area News Group
San Jose Mercury News
June 17 2008
Climbers hired by the University of California-Berkeley today removed platforms, ropes, tarps and buckets of human excrement that tree sitters had been stockpiling in the trees.
The move came a day before a judge is expected to rule on lawsuits that could bring the 18-month tree sit at the Berkeley Oak Grove to an end.
University spokesman Dan Mogulof said today that a group of tree sitters have been stockpiling their urine and feces in buckets and were tossing them down from the trees.
University officials say they removed traverse lines, wood platforms and other items for safety reasons. At least three people have fallen from the trees and been injured since the tree sit began in December 2006.
A crane was on site to remove items, but not people, Mogulof said.