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The definition of a “hero” in Berkeley

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 3, 2008 12:01 PM

Who’s a “hero” in Berkeley?

Not the Marines.

The illegally trespassing tree-sitters.

Four of the Memorial Stadium tree-sitters left their perches Wednesday and late Tuesday, leaving only three protesters making a stand against UC’s plans to build an athletic training center in the grove, UC Berkeley officials said.

But the holdouts don’t plan to give up just yet, said Eric Eisenberg, who has been part of the tree-sitters’ support crew since the protest began Dec. 1, 2006.

“Those remaining are strong, steadfast and recommitted to protecting this sacred, beautiful place,” Eisenberg said. “Obviously their supplies are dwindling and they need nutrients, but they’re rededicating themselves. We’re strong and we’re going to win.”

Three of the protesters came down to preserve more food and water for those who remain, Eisenberg said, while the fourth – Amanda “Dumpster Muffin” Tierney, 21 – came down because she was suffering from an undisclosed medical condition, campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said…

…”There’s plenty of people who want to help,” Eisenberg said. “The tree-sitters are heroes in this town.

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