LIVE BLOG: West Coast Port Shut Down Seattle

Monday December 12th – The occupy movement and its allies up and down the West Coast are shutting down major ports to take a collective stand against the 1%, their budget cuts, their union busting, and their brutal crackdown of occupations across the country.

Below you’ll find major updates, livestreams and twitter feeds.

Major Updates

Major updates will be posted here throughout the day.

ALERT: LEGAL NUMBER FOR Occupy Seattle in the Guide booklet is wrong. The RIGHT NUMBER IS 206-403-8741. PLEASE SPREAD. SORRY!

1:25pm: Twitter reports, we have at least 350 energetic people as speakers hype up crowd!
1:30pm: Have begun the march down 4th to the Port of Seattle! Beautiful banner declaring, “Rise and Decolonize!” Beautiful people chanting, “Shut down the West Coast!” and “Whose Streets? Our Streets?”
1:45pm: Live stream reports crowd of 700 marching South on 2nd Ave.
2:00pm: Reports of choppers circling the crowd
2:10pm: Occupy Seattle Twitter reports marching passed the stadiums, taking up 4 lanes of traffic on 4th Ave: “Seahawks supporters cheering us on!”
2:40pm: KIRO tv has live chopper feed, livestream and twitter reports. Sherrif’s dept. chopper, as well.
2:50 Almost to the port. King county sheriff helicopter flying right over head- “cop heli noisey. increasing volume of the people!” the energy is awesome!
3:06pm: March approaching Marginal Way! On the global livestream! Seattle Livestream reports we are 1,000 strong!
3:10pm: Port Truckers honking in solidarity! Cops on top of bridge looking down at protestors.
3:15pm: March arriving at the port with cheers and chants and Truckers sound their horns in support! Live stream reports more than a thousand people! the crowd stretches back several city blocks and a second crowd waiting for the marchers at spokane rally point!!
3:25 pm: one entrance to the port shut off, traffic blocked. Police in riot gear and bicycle cops arrive.
3:40pm: reports of 2 arrests. Mic Checks explain how to prevent the arrival of the swing shift and create a blockade for trucks.
3:45pm: second entrance blockaded. all gates to terminal 18, owned by Goldman sacks it shut down!
3:55pm: Witness reports 1 police and 2 coast guard boats.
4:00pm: police prevent worker traffic from exiting the port at end of shift, crowd chants “please let the workers go”
4:10pm: police allow workers to leave port.
4:45pm: The port gates are being blocked. The police have formed bike lines in front of the pickets. ” west side of port is shut down for night”
4:50pm: No work will be done at terminal 18 tonight. we shut it down!! on to the next terminal! Contingent staying at termonal 18 to make sure it stays closed. Other group moving to T5
5:00pm car hits two protesters and drives away- witnesses report licence number. witnesses have photos.
5:00pm: witness reports pepper spray, flash bangs? (had 2 loud bangs) used on protesters at 18- some on the sidewalks. barricades and horses used by police as “tools” to control crowd. Police gave no warning before deployment of weapons. 8 -12 arrests
6:00 pm: demonstrators have moved to terminal 5. over 200 picketing, 24 blockading.
6:05pm: after mounted police, tear gas, pepper spray and flash grenades cleared terminal 18 picket is holding down terminal 5.
6:20pm: the police have left.
6:45pm: “The longshore workers are standing by at the union hall waiting for the arbitrator to decide whether they’ll be sent to work here. so we need to maintain the picket line for sometime longer. Please stay if you can.
Invite friendst to pier 5 (3443 West Marginal Way SW), we have a lively picket line going there. We have the future of the worker’s movement here. Everyone on the picket line is having a great time.”

Live Streams


Watch live streaming video from owsoccupyseattle at

Also check out hiphopoccupies and occupybellingham (who is visiting Seattle for the day).



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One Response to LIVE BLOG: West Coast Port Shut Down Seattle

  • John Ellis says:

    GarryB: “It is a historic fact, that the temperature goes through a cycle and has done for billions of years…”

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