OWS Occupies Ports

PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 12:  A protester participating in the "Occupy the Ports" event holds a sign as trucks prevented from entering Port #6 take a detour December 12, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Hundreds Occupy Portland protesters effectively shut down two of the Port of Portland's busiest terminals, preventing about 200 longshore workers from going to work today. Similar demonstrations have taken place along the West coast, Houston and Hawaii.  (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
Photo: Natalie Behring/2011 Getty Images

As planned, Occupy Wall Street protesters attempted to occupy West Coast ports on Monday.

They did pretty well, too, affecting operations at three major ports. In Oakland, 150 workers were sent home, which effectively shut down operations at two terminals. Two terminals in Portland were shut after authorities arrested two people carrying weapons (an OWS spokesman said they were not part of the demonstration). And in Longview, Washington, workers were sent home out of concerns for their “health and safety.” Some union workers, who enjoy being paid, protested the Occupation. The leadership of the International and Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) opposed the planned shutdown.

Even Canadians got into the act: Demonstrators in Vancouver briefly blocked two gates at the port. (But, being Canadian, they were exceedingly polite, even in political demonstration: The protests lasted less than one and a half hours.)