May 18, 2013
99 Percenters Shut Down Port of Oakland
Posted on Nov 2, 2011
Update: The port reopened Thursday morning as protesters met to address concerns that isolated acts of vandalism and violence carried out by “some kids looking to blow off some steam,” in the words of one 99 percenter, might damage the movement’s image.
It’s one of the nation’s busiest ports, but Wednesday night the giant cranes that inspired the imperial war machines of “The Empire Strikes Back” sat idle after thousands of marchers forced a halt to commerce. A day earlier we learned that Iraq veteran Scott Olsen lay injured only two blocks from ambulances and rescue personnel that, possibly due to poor planning, did not go to his aid—nor did the police officers stationed nearby who may have fired the projectile that cracked open his skull.
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