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Occupy Protesters Shut Down Major West Coast Ports, Targeting Goldman Sachs

December 14, 2011

Occupy Protesters Shut Down Major West Coast Ports, Targeting Goldman Sachs: “Ows_occupy_ports_west_coast

The Occupy Wall Street movement moved from the streets to the docks on Monday with a series of actions along the West Coast, including San Diego, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Portland, Tacoma, Longview, Seattle, Bellingham, Anchorage and Vancouver. Many actions led to confrontations with police, resulting in scores of arrests, and in some cases, the use of pepper spray and flash grenades on demonstrators. Several ports were forced to temporarily cease operations, with terminals in Portland and Seattle completely shut down. In Oakland, an evening march to the port was led by Scott Olsen, the Marine Corps veteran struck in the head in October allegedly by a police projectile. For more, we are joined by Jorge Gonzalez of Iraq Veterans Against the War. ‘I see the struggle that’s going on with the port workers and the truck drivers down in Seattle and across the West Coast,’ Gonzalez says, who was pepper-sprayed on Monday while taking part in the Seattle protest. ‘They deal with the same issues, like mental health, homelessness. Veterans, they see themselves connected with all these issues.’ We also speak with Anthony Leviege, a dockworker at the Oakland port and member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. [includes rush transcript]

(Via Democracy Now!.)

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