Tree-Sitters and Supporters Reflect on 21-Month Protest

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More than a week after the four tree-sitters were forcibly removed from the oak grove near Memorial Stadium, protest leaders and supporters convened near the site this morning to make final comments on the tree-sit's conclusion.

Three of the four tree-sitters--Armando "Mando" Resendez, 20; Ernesto Trevino, 18; and Raul "Huck" Colocho, 27--were present, having recently been released from jail. The fourth, 26-year-old Michael "Shem" Schuck--also known as "Fresh," who protested the UC Board of Regents by sitting in a tree near Wheeler Hall last spring--remains in jail.

A tree-sit supporter who only goes by Dumpster Muffin thanked those who supported the 648-day protest against UC Berkeley's plan to construct a student athletic facility at the site of the oak grove.

"Through the last 21 months, the community has shown endless resilience, determination, compassion, and courage in the face of brutality and political repression," she said. "I'm endlessly thankful for the thousands of people who have raised their voices with us."

Unofficial tree-sit spokesperson Erik "Ayr" Eisenberg called his participation in the protest an "honor."

"It's obviously disappointing that the trees are gone, (but) it's also good to know that we've inspired millions of people around the globe," he said. "I'm honored to be a part of it and that's something they can never take away from us."

Read The Daily Californian tomorrow for the full story.

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