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POLICE RAID, CLEAR OUT OCCUPY THE FARM, HANDFUL OF ARRESTS
By Tracey Taylor, Berkeleyside
Several dozen police in riot gear went to the Occupy the Farm encampment at Gill Tract in Albany at around 6:00 am this morning to clear out the remaining protesters.
By 8:00 am, the few activists who were still on the property were packing their belongings and clearing out. The raid went peacefully. An estimated five people were detained by police.
Police officers gave the protesters 1o minutes to leave the Gill Tract before they marched across the fields near Marin and San Pablo avenues, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. According to the Gill Tract Farmers Collective, UCPD and Alameda County Sherriffs officers were armed with “less-than-lethal impact-force projectiles, 36″ batons, and pepper-ball guns.”
Lt. Eric Tejada, a police spokesman, said that two protesters were arrested for trespassing after they disobeyed police orders to leave the property.
Most of the Gill Tract Farmers Collective activists had moved outside the gates of the Tract last week after police erected barricades and locked entrances. […]