Rain of Urine and Excrement at Cal Tree-Sit

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As an Alameda County Superior Court Judge prepares a ruling on the city's lawsuit to stop construction of the new UC Berkeley sports training facility, Cal cops started removing tree-sitters perched in the threatened oak grove yesterday. And what a day it was! According to the San Francisco Chronicle, tree-sitters threw clumps of their own shit at arborists hired to ride up in cherry-pickers and dismantle the treehouses. One woman named "Millipede" allegedly dumped a bucket of urine on the arborists, then allegedly bit one of them when they got too close. The UC workers grabbed and threw her into the cherry-picker as she screamed. Roughly a dozen protesters remain in the grove; the tree-sitters have even rigged up a chair that can be suspended between two trees by a system of ropes and pulleys. Getting anyone off that chair without killing them will be, as UC spokesman Dan Moulof said, "a difficult challenge." But the university looks like it's gearing up to end the tree-sit once and for all.

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