Occupiers hop the fence in order to move out of their camp in Albany, Calif. Saturday, May 12th, 2012.
Occupy the Farm protesters agreed Saturday to end their three-week encampment on UC Berkeley property in Albany, but rebuffed an invitation from the university to discuss how the area can be used for both urban farming and for research.
Instead, the several dozen protesters set up ladders to scale the fence UC had erected around the area along San Pablo Avenue known as the Gill Tract and said they will continue to tend the vegetables and fruit trees they’ve planted on 2 of the 5 disputed acres.
As a result, the UC regents said they won’t drop the civil lawsuit they filed Wednesday accusing 13 protesters of trespassing.
“The fact that they are insisting on maintaining their ability to have free and unfettered access to our property does not even come close to meeting our minimal conditions,” said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof. “All they needed to do was agree to work with us to coordinate activities.”