Press Release: UC Riot Police Raiding Gill Tract NOW: Streets Blocked off; Police Prepared to Use Force
6:30 a.m.: At least seventy UC police in riot gear have closed off streets to the Gill Tract Farm and are raiding the site. They have locked and barricaded the gates to the property with dozens of people still inside. They appear poised to use force, and have already trampled and destroyed crops lanted by the Gill Tract Farming Collective.
For three weeks, the Gill Tract Farming Collective and its supporters have used ongoing civil disobedience to demand that public land be made accesible to the public. The University of California regents have not respected past community demands to give the public access to the land, so the occupiers have raised the stakes by remaining persistent in their presence on the Gill Tract. They have been consistently peaceful and non-confrontational.
The Gill Tract is located at the corner of Marin and San Pablo Avenue in Albany, CA.