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UC Berkeley Tree-Sitters Charged with Criminal Offense

The four tree-sitters who had been living in a redwood tree near the University of California football stadium were charged with multiple misdemeanor counts of contempt of court for allegedly violating a court order as well as lodging illegally, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

The individuals took began their protest at a grove of trees on the site where the university plans to build a new sports training facility.

Recently, the tree-sitters agreed to come down from their perch only on the condition that the University of California create a land use committee to look into the school's future land decisions. A UC spokesman denied the deal, and no such plans exist.

Early Tuesday afternoon, the protesters climbed down and heard cheers from the nearby supporters. They were arrested immediately.

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