Skip to comments.WA: 12 arrested as Fort Lewis cargo unloaded (Moonbats using children to block trucks )
Posted on 11/11/2007 12:49:07 AM PST by Stoat
OLYMPIA -- At least 12 people have been arrested today as protests of military-cargo shipments from the Port of Olympia moved to downtown and the Plum Street entrance to Interstate 5.
Protesters on foot blocked traffic at Fourth and Plum about noon by jumping in front of 18-wheelers towing cargo containers containing military equipment bound for Fort Lewis. But Olympia police in riot gear moved in quickly,
About 10 protesters partially blocked Plum Street at the entrance to Interstate 5 by linking arms through PVC pipes and sitting in the road. Police shot them with pepper spray guns and, when they didn't move, cut the PVC pipes, handcuffed them and dragged them to a police van.
Earlier in the day, Olympia police officers dressed in riot gear used pepper spray and physically removed the 20 or so Olympia Port Militarization Resistance demonstrators who were blocking the entrance to the port about 9:45 a.m.
A larger number of protesters stood by and shouted at the police, decrying what they felt were excessive tactics. A smaller group that included some of the truck drivers who were waiting to move military equipment to Fort Lewis voiced quiet support for the police actions.
By about 10:20 a.m., a large number of trucks had entered the port and about 20 officers lined the road at Franklin and Market streets, making sure the road was clear of protesters.
About 10:30 a.m., several protesters -- including one young woman screaming in pain -- were being treated by paramedics after being pepper-sprayed by police. The line of protesters at the ports gates, some of whom wore goggles and other protective gear, withstood several sprays and were physically removed by officers who picked them up and threw them away from the road they had blocked.
All week, OlyPMR has been protesting the use of the port by the USNS Brittin, which landed at the port Monday to unload equipment that was used in Iraq by the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team).
On Friday, protesters, including several small children, were able to keep two trucks, including one towing a Stryker vehicle, from leaving the port. Olympia police said the department did not have enough officers available to remove the protesters Friday, and that they were not prepared to physically remove children.
Olympia Port Commission President Paul Telford said Friday night that he understood police did not have the resources to remove the protesters that day but added he was a little disappointed that we didnt get some police support.
Early this morning, protesters were blocking the main entrance to the port, and overnight a barricade had been built at another road providing access to the port on Market and Marine Drive. Protesters said they were there all night.
The barricade, which included the axle of a truck with four wheels attached and plastic garbage cans, was cleared by what appeared to be port workers using a bulldozer about 8:15 a.m. today. Police also cleared protesters from the barricade using pepper spray.
Before today's action by police, truck drivers who were waiting to do their jobs said they didnt feel police were doing theirs. Overnight, truck driver Mike Cutberth said protesters stole equipment from his truck that he had used to secure cargo containers.
The police response (stinks), Cutberth said of Saturdays incation by police.
Were a tax-producing business, said truck driver Tory Liljeblad. Why dont we get protection?
Nathan Forrest added that I cant make a living with the protesters blocking port access.
Were truck drivers; we cant get in and work, Mike Smith said.
After the trucks rolled into the port this morning, it appeared that OlyPMRs resistance would continue; police scanners were reporting various actions in the area of the port and on Fourth Avenue after 11 a.m.
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That phrase seems to be the most effective and appreciated compliment one can pay someone who performs his duties well. I tried it out in Viet Nam last May to someone with whom I had had altercations and with whom I had traded insults for several days but who was obviously very competent at what he does as the second man (I call him “shotgun”) on a long haul bus. “Anh lam gioi giang.” We parted with a firm handshake and smiles.
Hopefully someone will have them charged with child endangerment.
The usual traitors.
I didn't think of that, could be...
I disagree....traitors should be maced, just not sprayed.
Thanks Stoat, I tried to post this from the Olympian the other night, but got that message. Lame. I reccommend going to their blog and show support for conservative ideas, however foreign they may seem to libs.
FYI -—Crissy gets fuming mad whenever there is bad press about one of her agencies. DOT, DSHS, DOC....HER....