Oakland port shutdown bigger than expected, Long Beach police threaten dog bites – Daily Headlines 12 December 2011

Oakland protest bigger than expected
Port shutdown live broadcasts
Long Beach police threaten dog bites
Iraq Veterans Against the War marching

This video is on youtube Here

laist.com reports:
“The Occupy movement is occupying the Port of Long Beach today as part of “Occupy the Ports,” a coordinated West Coast port shutdown. A few hundred protesters gathered at Harry Bridges Park near the Queen Mary at 5am and marched to a SSA Marine dock facility. With a goal to “to disrupt and blockade the economic apparatus of the 1%,” occupiers are disrupting business at SSA Marine, which is partially owned by Goldman Sachs.”

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) arrived at the scene about an hour after the protest began. Police have declared the protest unlawful assembly and are ordering protesters to stop blocking the road and move back to Harry Bridges Park. Riot gear police are also on the scene. Occupy L.A. tweeted this morning, “LBPD threatening tear gas, rubber bullets and dog bites.”

from sfgate.com:

(12-12) 07:27 PST OAKLAND — A group of protesters have succeeded in stopping a line of big-rigs from entering the Port of Oakland this morning during their march to shutdown the busy cargo terminal.

Organizers have pledged to march to the port and shutdown the terminal, one of the busiest on the West Coast. Some unions, including the one representing Oakland teachers, are supporting the day-long strike while others, like the longshoremen’s union, say shutting down the port will harm hard-working stevedores and truck drivers.

from veteranstoday.com:

On December 12th, the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) Bay Area Chapter will march with the 99% as Occupy movements along the West Coast stage mass mobilizations to shutdown the hubs of commerce owned by the 1%.
Members of the IVAW Bay Area Chapter will Occupy the Ports to draw attention to the financial and human costs of the wars, and the ways in which veterans have been impacted by the economic and social issues raised by the Occupy movement.
These issues include the challenges of veterans re-entering civilian life after war and trauma and during economic recession, and looming cuts to veterans’ health care and VA services.
They also hope to help make veterans’ and service members’ participation in this movement more visible and deliberate.

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