UCSC Tree-Sitters Hold Their Perches

Protesters refuse to budge, despite truce with UC Berkeley
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2008 2:40 PM CDT
A man identified as "Mongo" swings upside down from a Redwood tree Monday, July 21, 2008, at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – UC Berkeley’s tree-sitters may have surrendered their perches earlier this week, but demonstrators at UC Santa Cruz are not ready to give up their redwood-saving fight. The activists, nearing the 1-year anniversary of their protest, suspect the university will cut down trees before classes begin in two weeks, but acknowledge they have no reason to believe so, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.

A tree-sitter spokeswoman said activists remain “on guard” for suspicious activity around the redwood grove where university officials plan to break ground on a biomedical facility and other buildings to accommodate 4,500 new students by 2010. UCSC has no immediate plans to remove the tree-sitters, whom a county judge ordered to leave. “We are holding our place,” insisted the spokeswoman.
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