Occupy the Farm: UC Sues, Hopes Courts Will Evict Protesters

The University of California isn't waiting around for the cops to boot demonstrators from its land. As the Chron reports today, the UC Regents have filed a lawsuit against 14 demonstrators, claiming they cut through gates and have trespassed onto the 10-acre site that's used for university research.

The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, seeks a restraining order and an injunction against the protesters, which could result in six months behind bars.

What's more, the suit claims, protesters are interfering with the annual corn-planting on the site, which is not meant to be a 24-hour-a-day encampment.

“We're happy to have a conversation about both the short- and long-term future of the Gill Tract,” Dan Mogulof, a UC Berkeley spokesman, told the Chron. “But that conversation must include members of the Albany community who have been involved with us in a collaborative planning process for more than eight years.”

Meanwhile, occupiers are doing what they can to at least share the land with professors and students. Here's a statement Occupy the Farm released this morning:

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