Thursday, November 3, 2011

Protesters shut down Port of Oakland in US

Protesting against economic inequality and corporate greed, the demonstrators on Wednesday joined a general strike and shut down operations at the Port of Oakland, Reuters reported.
The protesters noisily condemned police brutality at a recent 'Occupy Oakland' protest rally and blocked a major Oakland street.
Organizers of the rally had earlier announced their plan to shut down the Port of Oakland, which handles about $39 billion a year in imports and exports, as they geared up for a massive general strike.
“At this time, maritime operations are effectively shut down at the Port of Oakland. Maritime area operations will resume when it is safe and secure to do so,” port officials said in a statement.
Anti-Wall Street protesters also blocked the gates of the port and stood on top of container trucks stranded in the street.
Oakland 'Occupy' movement gained momentum after a former US Marine and a veteran of the US-led war on Iraq was badly wounded by a projectile fired by police during a rally last week. Read full Story

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