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Rally Protests UC Lawsuit Against Farm Activists

Supporters of Occupy the Farm marched Wednesday night from a North Berkeley BART station to a University of California property in Albany.

The march came hours after UC-Berkeley officials filed suit against 14 activists for trespassing on the property known as the Gill Tract.
The lawsuit seeks a court order that requires activists to leave the property, pay damages and reimburse the university's legal costs.
“We need to begin to take steps that will allow us to regain control and supervision of our research property,” said university spokesman Dan Mogulof. “We need to honor our commitment to faculty and students in terms of their research projects which are really important to them.”
Mogulof said the school's offer to hold a community forum on how to use the land still stands as long as protesters leave voluntarily. Activists have been occupying the property for more than two weeks.
Occupiers responded to the offer Tuesday by issuing a set of demands they want met before leaving.
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