Massive Protests Have Basically Shut Down The Port Of Oakland -- The Fifth Busiest Port In America

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There are now 4,500 people marching on the Port of Oakland. So far there have been no arrests, and no one has been hurt.At least, that’s what the Oakland Police Chief Jordan said in a press conference that just ended a moment ago. The Mayor is describing the protest as “largely peaceful”, despite the fact that the port has effectively been shut down and public employees have been allowed to leave work.

The police are also targeting 60-70 people who are causing all of the problems (like, the vandalism around the city, for example). Officials have described them as wearing black with scarves or masks covering their faces — sounds like anarchists.

According to people tweeting on the ground, the protesters are chanting “whose port, our port!” and have blocked all seven terminals to the port:

oakland ports shut down

Officials say that protesters are not allowed to penetrate the gates of the port, that’s a federal offence. If they do, they’ll be arrested. The next press briefing is at 9:00 pm PST, so we’ll have more word then.

Now rumour has it that San Mateo police are heading to Oakland to reinforce law enforcement. Meanwhile, the protesters are dancing and singing on container trucks.

Here’s what the ramp to the port looks like, people everywhere:

ramp to port of oakland occupy oakland

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