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.


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

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