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WA: 12 arrested as Fort Lewis cargo unloaded (Moonbats using children to block trucks )
The News Tribune ^ | November 10, 2007 | Jeremy Pawloski

Posted on 11/11/2007 12:49:07 AM PST by Stoat

At least 12 arrested as protests move to downtown, I-5 entrance


Jeremy Pawloski
The Olympian
 

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.

About 12:15 p.m., Olympia police arrested at least three people at Fourth Avenue and Plum Street. About 12:20 p.m., protesters gathered at the I-5 entrance in a failed attempt to block convoys. Police arrested at least nine people there.

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,

spraying pepper spray in the faces of the protesters, pushing them with their batons and dragging them away from the road.

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 port’s 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.

Saturday’s actions by police come one day after protesters were able to halt to two trucks from removing military equipment that had been unloaded from Iraq.

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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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 Saturday’s incation by police.

“We’re a tax-producing business,” said truck driver Tory Liljeblad. “Why don’t we get protection?”

Nathan Forrest added that “I can’t make a living” with the protesters blocking port access.

“We’re truck drivers; we can’t get in and work,” Mike Smith said.

After the trucks rolled into the port this morning, it appeared that OlyPMR’s resistance would continue; police scanners were reporting various actions in the area of the port and on Fourth Avenue after 11 a.m.

For more information, check back at this site and see Page A1 in Sunday's Olympian.

 


 
Tony Overman/The Olympian
A protester seeks help after Olympia Police officers pepper sprayed a group of protesters at the Port of Olympia, Saturday morning. (Tony Overman/The Olympian)

 



TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: humanshield; moonbats; olympia; olypmr; washington; washingtonstate
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To: Stoat; arthurus

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.


51 posted on 11/11/2007 8:59:18 AM PST by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Stoat

Hopefully someone will have them charged with child endangerment.


52 posted on 11/11/2007 12:19:09 PM PST by GreyFriar ( 3rd Armored Division - Spearhead)
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To: Stoat
The port resistance campaign has been endorsed by the Veterans for Peace #109 (Rachel Corrie Chapter), Olympia Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Green Party of South Puget Sound, Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Students for a Democratic Society, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee, United for Peace Pierce County, Students for a Democratic Society, the Alliance for Democracy, the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, and the Movement Against War and Occupation in Vancouver BC.

The usual traitors.

53 posted on 11/11/2007 12:57:24 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Bernard
There's always the possibility that these protestors ARE child services.

I didn't think of that, could be...

54 posted on 11/11/2007 2:25:40 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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To: Doctor Raoul

I disagree....traitors should be maced, just not sprayed.


55 posted on 11/11/2007 5:13:17 PM PST by 359Henrie (38 million illegals create a big carbon footprint. The real inconvenient truth.)
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To: Stoat

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....

lol


56 posted on 11/12/2007 7:55:23 PM PST by chardonnay ( www.ballbusters.org)
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