Early this morning, Occupy farmers released a statement, explaining that they agreed to peacefully leave the Gill Tract by 10 a.m., and have already started breaking down the encampment on the site that they took over on April 22. However, it doesn't appear that police are waiting around for protesters to back up and move.
News reports say that officers in riot gear were outside the site early this morning, where at least two sleeping demonstrators had been arrested after refusing to get up and leave.
According to Occupy, the group started packing up last night and vowed to leave the camp by 10 a.m. today. But obviously, not everyone was awake when police moved in this morning, giving the demonstrators 10 minutes to get out. Occupy issued this statement at 1 a.m.:
The Gill Tract Farmers Collective has broken down camp and moved it off the plot of Class I agricultural soil and outside the gates of the Gill
Tract. The only thing standing in the way of the Gill Tract scientists from conducting their research is UC's own barricades and police.
Hilariously enough, Occupiers still made one last demand on UC Berkeley, which owns the site: Give protesters a little extra time today to get out of bed and get moving.
"We ask UC administrators to allow us until 10 a.m. on Monday, May 14,
before moving in with their tractors to till the land for the
scientists. We need some time to wake up, stretch our legs, get our
blood flowing (it's cold at night!), and do a final run-through to make
sure the plot is clean and tidy," Occupiers said.