Tree-Sitter Keeps Perch in Sproul

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday March 11, 2008

A tree-sitter in Sproul Plaza was not arrested Monday, though supporters said they were concerned about him when some eight UC Berkeley Police including the chief and assistant chief surrounded the tree. 

The tree-sitter, identified as Fresh, has been in two different central campus trees over a two-week period to protest the power of the unelected Regents of the University of California, according to Ayr, also known by only one name. 

“The regents are not accountable,” Ayr told the Planet, noting they are involved in weapons research and responsible for not releasing the bones of native people to their tribes. 

Ayr, a supporter of the tree-sit in the central campus area and on the hill near the Memorial Stadium, told the Planet that UC employees had brought in a ladder and a cherry picker at around 10:45 a.m. Monday, making it look as if an arrest was about to happen. 

As of around 4 p.m., Fresh remained in the tree, with police stationed nearby, Ayr said.  

Calls to UC Berkeley spokespersons were referred to the UC Berkeley police, who did not return the calls before deadline.