Occupy protesters seek to shut down West Coast ports

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Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 12 at 12:31 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Crowds of anti-Wall Street protesters have been blocking traffic at some of the West Coast's busiest ports today.

The protesters say the ports have become "economic engines for the elite." They are particularly upset with two West Coast companies —port operator SSA Marine and grain exporter EGT — that they say epitomize the big corporations that make up the "1 percent."

Several hundred people began picketing at the Port of Oakland before dawn. A long line of big rigs sat outside one of the entrances, unable to drive into the port. Police in riot gear have been monitoring the scene, but there have been no major clashes so far.

In Southern California, as many as 400 demonstrators gathered in a park, then marched on the Port of Long Beach. There was one arrest as some 200 demonstrators confronted police, but the protest has been mainly peaceful.

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171-a-13-(Mike King, Occupy Oakland protester, in AP interview)-"in Los Angeles"-Mike King with Occupy Oakland says demonstrations at ports along the West Coast appear to be working. (12 Dec 2011)

<<CUT *171 (12/12/11)>> 00:13 "in Los Angeles"

170-a-15-(Mike King, Occupy Oakland protester, in AP interview)-"a community picket"-Mike King with Occupy Oakland says they're trying to shut down Wall Street on the waterfront. (12 Dec 2011)

<<CUT *170 (12/12/11)>> 00:15 "a community picket"

167-a-07-(Michael Novick, Occupy Los Angeles demonstrator, in AP interview)-"of economic justice"-Michael Novick with Occupy Los Angeles says the message they're trying to send at the Port of Long Beach is the same as the message from all the Occupy groups around the country. (12 Dec 2011)

<<CUT *167 (12/12/11)>> 00:07 "of economic justice"

169-a-07-(Mike King, Occupy Oakland protester, in AP interview)-"on the waterfront"-Mike King with Occupy Oakland says they're moving their demonstrations, for the moment, away from the city. (12 Dec 2011)

<<CUT *169 (12/12/11)>> 00:07 "on the waterfront"

APPHOTO ORRB103: Protesters set up a picket line at a Port of Portland terminal 6 Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Portland, Ore., as part of a West Coast "day of action." Anti-Wall Street protesters along the West Coast joined an effort Monday to blockade some of the nation's busiest docks, with the idea that if they cut off the ports, they cut into corporate profits. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (12 Dec 2011)

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APPHOTO ORRB101: Protesters set up a picket line at a Port of Portland terminal 6 Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Portland, Ore., as part of a West Coast "day of action." Anti-Wall Street protesters along the West Coast joined an effort Monday to blockade some of the nation's busiest docks, with the idea that if they cut off the ports, they cut into corporate profits. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (12 Dec 2011)

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