14 May '12, 7pm

Farm interrupted: Berkeley’s Occupy the Farm ends in arrests

Farm interrupted: Berkeley’s Occupy the Farm ends in arrests

Does Grist food news knock off your socks? Leave a tip in our farmbox. (Why are we rhyming in phrases so terse? Grist’s been cursed by verse! ) A young farmer is arrested on the sidewalk outside the Gill Tract. Click to watch the raw footage. The farmers and activists who have been occupying the Gill Tract — a 10-acre piece of land on the outskirts of Berkeley, Calif. — since Earth Day, had a rude awakening this morning. As the Oakland Tribune reported , around 100 police officers clad in riot gear and brandishing batons appeared at the farm at 6:15 a.m. and made nine arrests. The officers, the report continues: … encountered fewer than 10 protesters on the field, most of whom were still sleeping. By 9 a.m., the remaining encampment was cleared. All except a young man who is sitting in a tree near the tract and refuses to come down. Of the nine arrested, two were detained ...

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