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Police Confront Protesters at Port

About 400 protesters march Monday morning from a Long Beach park to the port



    Occupy Protesters Confronted by Police at Port of Long Beach

    Two protesters were taken into custody Monday during an Occupy protest at the Port of Long Beach. (Published Monday, Dec. 12, 2011)

    Protesters were met by police Monday morning at the Port of Long Beach as part of an Anchorage-to-San Diego blockade of some of the nation's busiest ports.

    Protesters organized early Monday at a nearby park and began their mile march to the port at about 6 a.m. with a police escort. Police established a line in front of protesters, who chanted, hoisted signs and beat drums.

    Protesters briefly blocked a major road used by trucks to access the port. Two people were arrested, according to police.

    In a statement on the Port of Long Beach web site, port authorities said traffic was moving in the Pier J area where the protesters had gathered. All shipping terminals remained opened, according to the statement.

    The protesters blocked employee parking areas, but did not block trucks, according to police.

    But Occupy protesters said the event was a success and they were able to block some truck traffic from entering the port. Some truckers said they were blocked from entering freeways from the port.

    About 300 demonstrators were at the port. They gathered at a dock facility owned by SSA Marine, a shipping company that's partially owned by Goldman Sachs, but were issued a dispersal order at about 7 a.m.

    The bank has been a target of protesters, who have dubbed Monday's action "Wall Street on the waterfront."

    Groups associated with the Occupy movement also plan to protest in Oakland, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Tacoma, Wash. and Vancouver.

    The move to the port comes after Occupy LA protesters were evicted Nov. 30 from a tent city at LA City Hall. The protesters dispersed after camping out on the lawn in front of City Hall for about two months.

    The protests are against what organizers call corporate greed and economic inequality.

    Officials at West Coast ports coordinated with law enforcement agencies as they prepared for possible disruptions. Protesters said police violence against blockades in any city will trigger an extension of blockades in other cities as a show of resolve.

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