Protesters told to leave steps of Berkeley post office

Friday night was movie night for the protestors camped out at the Main Post Office at 2000 Allston Way. Photo: Ted Friedman
Friday night was movie night for the protesters camped out at the Main Post Office at 2000 Allston Way. Photo: Ted Friedman

After spending almost a week sleeping in tents pitched on the steps of the Main Post Office on Allston Way, federal authorities have asked protesters to leave.

A group of postal inspectors and postal police met with protesters Friday and asked them to disperse, according to the Contra Costa Times. But those camping out said they have no intention of leaving. In fact, they are settled in, even bringing in a wide screen to entertain themselves at night.

The USPS plans to sell the historic building at 2000 Allston Way and open a smaller facility somewhere else downtown. The Berkeley City Council, many members of the Legislature, and preservationists are trying to block the sale. 

Protestors from Save the Berkeley Post Office and Strike Debt watch television at the post office. They have been camping out for a week. Photo: Ted Friedman
Protesters from Save the Berkeley Post Office and Strike Debt watch news projected on a screen at the post office. They have been camping out for a week. Photo: Ted Friedman
One of the protestors at the  post office. Photo: Ted Friedman
One of the protesters on Milvia St., around the corner from the post office. Photo: Ted Friedman
The protestors have been preparing and eating food on the steps of the main post office on Allston Way. Photo: Ted Friedman
The protesters have been preparing and eating food on the steps of the main post office on Allston Way. Photo: Ted Friedman

Related:
Protestors stage a sleep-in to save the Berkeley post office [07.29.13]
Locals, city fight on to stop sale of post office [07.19.13]
Berkeley’s political firmament rallies for post office [05.03.13]
Post Office to sell its downtown Berkeley building [04.22.13]
Council asks for 1-year moratorium on post office sale [03.06.13]
USPS hears vocal opposition to sale of downtown building [02.28.13]
Post Office public hearing to focus on Berkeley sale plan [02.26.13]
Berkeley discusses future of main post office [02.13.12]
Protesters take Save Post Office demo to San Francisco [12.05.12]
Rally held to protest sale of Berkeley’s main post office [11.15.12]
Developer eyes Berkeley’s historic post office [08.01.12]
Chances are slim of stopping sale of Berkeley’s post office [07.23.12]
Postal Service plans sale of Berkeley’s main post office [06.25.12]


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