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: