This is like the Crips vs. the Bloods. You can’t root for either side, but you just hope they inflict maximum damage upon each other. So this story revolves around some of these drooling Occupy morons who’ve decided to plop their worthless asses down on some property controlled by the University of California-Berkeley. Now that the things that wouldn’t leave refuse to leave, the folks at Berkeley are trying to figure out how to peacefully evict them.
Maybe they should bring in the pepper-spray cops from UC-Davis.
Protesters occupying land in Albany used by UC Berkeley for agricultural research missed a weekend deadline to agree to a negotiated departure, but representatives said they would respond Monday.
University officials said they would consider more forceful measures after the group Occupy the Farm failed to respond to their proposal to end the encampment in exchange for discussions about using part of the 10-acre plot for urban farming.
“We’re very disappointed,” said Dan Mogulof, the UC Berkeley spokesman. “Unfortunately, because time is short, we need to begin to assess other options.”
Gopal Dayaneni, spokesman for Occupy the Farm, said the group had made it quite clear through their lawyer that they intended to respond, but not over the weekend.
“We are prepared to present them with a comprehensive proposal, and we will do that” Monday, Dayaneni said.
University officials claim the protesters have disrupted agricultural research by faculty scientists and students in the Collegeof Natural Resources. At one point, Mogulof said, the squatters pruned some fruit trees on the property and explained to the dean of resources that they had to do it because the trees were diseased. Turns out the pruned branches were part of a research project on how diseases affect fruit trees, he said.
“The offer on the table is that if they voluntarily and peacefully end the encampment, we are open to discussing with them and the community ways in which we can peacefully share the property.”