SAN FRANCISCO - Three weeks after anti-poverty activists took
over 2 acres of land belonging to the University of California at Berkeley and
planted a vegetable garden for the needy, police in riot gear on Monday raided
the site and arrested nine people.
UC Berkeley officials said the garden
would be left intact and would be tended to by university staff.
calling itself Occupy the Farm, an offshoot of the anti-Wall Street activists
who launched last fall's Occupy Wall Street movement protesting corporate greed
and bank bailouts, started the unauthorized garden on April 22.
police said 25 to 100 people had maintained a round-the-clock presence at the
site since then, until police moved in on Monday and ordered them to
Two of the activists were arrested for trespassing and seven
others for unlawful assembly, said campus police Lieutenant Eric Tejada, but
there was no violence or injuries.