Like Dutch Elm Disease, Tree-Sitting Spreads to Santa Cruz

UC-Santa Cruz tree-sitters protested the expansion of a biomedical sciences facility into a redwood forest while their supporters allegedly scuffled with police.

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Inspired by the tree-sitters at UC-Berkeley, activists at UC-Santa Cruz staged their own protest—one that eventually led to a confrontation with police and the arrest of six people, the Daily Californian reports. While Santa Cruz tree-sitters protested the expansion of a biomedical sciences facility into a redwood forest, their supporters allegedly scuffled with police. A spokesperson for the tree-sitters told the Daily Cal that police used batons and pepper spray against the activists. The Daily Cal could not reach the UC-Santa Cruz police for comment. Makes you wish for the days of falling excrement, no?