Last Tree-Sitters Descend From UC Berkeley Grove
A 21-month occupation of an oak grove at the University of California at Berkeley has ended peacefully, but not without some dispute, as the remaining four tree-sitters descended from their perch and into police custody.
After cutting off food and water supply lines Monday morning, school officials said they were prepared to forcibly remove the activists, who had hoped to stop construction of a $125 million sports center that threatened a stand of 42 trees on campus.
But as scaffolding took shape at the base of the redwood tree housing the remaining four, the protesters indicated they were willing to descend, said campus police Chief Victoria Harrison. They slowly climbed down early Tuesday afternoon to cheers from supporters below. No one was injured.
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