Why are the UC Berkeley treesitters protesters "declining to yield their urine?"
June 28, 2008 1:15 PM   Subscribe

"protesters declined to yield their urine" WHY?

I don't get it. Can any one fill me in on why they're holding on to it? If they were going for standing strong and not taking help from UC while protesting UC policies, they failed. They're taking water and supplies. So what's the logic here?
posted by andythebean to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Because they want to be able to throw it, probably. It's a potential weapon.
posted by amro at 1:23 PM on June 28, 2008

I should note that they have done this before.
posted by amro at 1:24 PM on June 28, 2008

The protesters have been throwing urine and feces at people sent to try to remove them. They university obviously doesn't want that, so offered an exchange of food and water for their wastes, but they seem to want to hold on to them as weapons.
posted by ssg at 1:28 PM on June 28, 2008

posted by andythebean at 1:39 PM on June 28, 2008 [3 favorites]

Perhaps because they are afraid the police would test the urine for drugs.
posted by zippy at 3:13 PM on June 28, 2008

Also, if the university tries to blockade them, they can survive longer by drinking it.
posted by phrontist at 8:47 PM on June 28, 2008

They're definitely throwing it. A friend of mine just got back from there a week ago, and he saw it in person.
posted by decathecting at 12:22 AM on June 29, 2008

From the article: Protesters howled, flung excrement and shook tree branches as campus-hired arborists cut supply lines and removed gear.

But by late this week, campus police were conducting delicate negotiations with tree-sitters, offering to provide food and water if protesters would lower their waste on a daily basis in the interest of hygiene.

Campus officials ended up giving up the water without concessions; protesters declined to yield their urine.

nthing "to throw it"
posted by Mike1024 at 4:01 AM on June 29, 2008

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