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UC Berkeley police, construction crews, fence off People’s Park

A street protest last year to save Berkeley's People's Park
Wayne Hsieh
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A street protest last year to save Berkeley's People's Park

The park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by UC Berkeley, was fenced off just after 3 a.m. and staffed by security.

Berkeleyside reportsthat construction crews, flanked by dozens of security guards, entered People’s Park in the pre-dawn hours, taking a handful of opponents by apparent surprise. An eight-foot fence was erected around the park’s perimeter.

In a standoff between opponents, three activists were detained by campus police. They were subsequently released after agreeing to seven-day stay away orders.

Community advocates opposed to the plan for housing said they were planning to file an appeal Wednesday morning and pursue another stay of demolition.

A UC Berkeley spokesperson said the university was looking forward to starting construction this summer.

The university plans to build 11-hundred rooms for student housing and supportive housing for homeless people.

Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked has in print, radio, television, and web journalism.