The Alameda County District Attorney declined to file charges against seven of nine Occupy the Farm protesters arrested at UC Berkeley's Gill Tract in Albany "in the interest of justice," a spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney said Thursday.

University officials said seven people were arrested May 14 outside the fence of the Gill Tract for unlawful assembly and two were arrested inside for trespassing.

A university spokesman referred questions about the arrests to its police department. UC Berkeley police did not immediately return phone calls.

Gopal Dayaneni, one of the organizers of Occupy the Farm, said he had not heard prosecutors declined the charges. He was among those who occupied the 10-acre university agricultural site for three weeks growing vegetables.

"Wow, if they were declined in the interest of justice, they're right," he said.

In a separate action, Dayaneni and seven others are being sued in civil court by the UC Regents who want to ban them from trespassing and further farming.

A judge has issued a temporary restraining order against them but has not yet ruled on a preliminary injunction which would extend the restraining order while the case is decided.

Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley.



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