Bainbridge teen climbs tree to protest development

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by TED LAND / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash.—A young protester is high above the ground on Bainbridge Island, trying to stop a developer from cutting down hundreds of trees. 

It’s in one of those trees, nearly 70 feet up, where 19-year-old Chiara D’Angelo was still perched Monday evening.

“I’m up here putting myself in a vulnerable position, risking arrest today because this community deserves a voice and a chance to say no to more sprawl, no to clear cutting these 830 trees, and yes to local business,” she said.

It’s unclear what police plan to do with her. She is trespassing and could get arrested.

The City of Bainbridge Island and the Bainbridge Island Police Department released a statement saying they “are hoping for a peaceful resolution to this situation. We would prefer to avoid making an arrest, and would encourage the parties involved to find a way to express their beliefs within the limits of the law.”

D’Angelo has been up there since before 4 a.m. Monday, protesting plans to clear-cut a swath of land to make room for a shopping center with a bank and a retail chain pharmacy.

D’Angelo has food, bedding, books, a guitar and she’s drawing a lot of attention as people pass by.

A large group of demonstrators gathered on a nearby street corner to attract attention to D’Angelo’s cause.

She says she plans to stay up in the tree “as long as possible.”

 

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