Four More Tree-Sitters Voluntarily Vacate Oak Grove






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And then there were three.

In the past 24 hours, four tree-sitters have voluntarily vacated the oak grove near Memorial Stadium, meaning only three protesters still remain in the trees in the more than 18-month long tree-sit aimed at preventing 44 trees from being cut down.

At about 11:00 p.m. last night, three of the tree-sitters were spotted on the ground in the grove, according to Dan Mogulof, UC Berkeley's executive director of public affairs.

UCPD arrested one male tree-sitter at that time and the two others "scampered" up a nearby tree, Mogulof said.

Mitch Celaya, assistant police chief for UCPD, spent about two hours this morning trying to talk those two tree-sitters down, Mogulof said.

The two tree-sitters, a male and a female tree-sitter who goes by the name "Olive," descended from the trees after speaking with Celaya. At least one of them requested to make a video statement as a condition for coming down, Mogulof said.

About an hour ago the most vocal of the tree-sitters who goes by the name "Dumpster Muffin" came down from the trees after indicating that she might be suffering from an undetermined medical condition, according to Mogulof.

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Ashley Trott is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected]



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