Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tom Bates Worried About Hungry Tree-Sitters

By Chris Thompson
Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 9:20 AM

The University of California at Berkeley has decided to play hardball with the last nine activists perched in trees among the Memorial Stadium oak grove, erecting barriers to prevent supporters from supplying them with food and water. So what has Mayor Tom Bates decided to do? Ask Cal nicely to reconsider giving them food. "Even though there's not a lot of sympathy for the tactics utilized by the people in the trees, we do feel their health and safety should not be put at risk," Bates told the Chron. "To starve people out of the trees does not seem rational." Cal spokesman Dan Mogulof retorted, "If they're tired and hungry and thirsty, the easy solution is for them to come down."


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