This is our live blog for the day’s events. Latest footage is at the bottom. Refresh often.
A collective organization formed by truckdrivers has OFFICIALLY STATED that they support the port shutdown, and claim that the teamsters “have our back.” This organization is a proto-union, as it is currently illegal for them to form a union.
All day, truckers have been honking their support for the protesters.
We got bombed with a stack of stories from the corporate media in the early morning with one message “Unions oppose this action.” That information is wrong.
At the time of writing, I am getting conflicting reports. Some say that the Unions DO support this shut down, or at least factions within them.
Also at the time of writing, the GlobalRevolution livestreamer with Occupy Wall St has been arrested. (It later turned out to be three people operating streams.)
There were over 1,000 protesters at the port in Oakland before Dawn this morning. There is more than one port being targeted. Every Port in the US and Canada on the pacific coast has someone marching on it today, as well as the port of Houston.
Jesse LaGreca, our own Ministry of Truth and the New York City 99 are going after Goldman Sachs right now, and other occupations are targeting Walmart.
7:52 AM PT: They have arrested THREE cameramen already!
Lorenzo, GlobalRev Livestreamer
Jeff Smith, @dontbeaputz, OWS Press Team
One independent journalist whose name we don’t know. Pictures incoming.
@OWS_Live #OccupyWallStreet Police took livestreaming equipment. We are asking for it back on livestream and being refused. (livestream.com/owsnyc) #OWS #Dec12 #D12
The NYPD is strangling any media presence.
Check the comments of this diary for updates as well. I always verify things before I post them but there are a lot of Kossacks swarming the internet right now, bringing us information on what’s going on.
One of the things we’re worried about is Black Block “anarchists.” Unlike the good and decent anarchists we know who read Chomsky and agitate for political change, these black flag waving thugs show up to smash things and attack the police.
Last time, they smashed some bank windows, and protesters tackled them, and then linked arms, preventing them from attacking the buildings.
“We can bring down this bank without smashing its windows.” “It’s occupy, not destroy!” “We want to OWN this, not burn it down.”
We’re watching police approaching the crowd shutting down the longbeach port with less lethal weapons.
We’re seeing quite a bit of action across the country.
Police HAVE ANNOUNCED that they will disperse crowd by force. I’m hearing that they have dogs. I cannot confirm.
They specifically warned that they may be bitten by a police dog. WATCH TIM POOLS STREAM.
What we can see there, for those who cannot watch the video, is a sea of riot police in black, many of them holding day glo orange shotguns. They’re making an order to disperse, announcing that this is an unlawful assembly.
The people who do not disperse “may be subject” to “chemical agents, impact weapons, or bites from a police dog.”
That’s a direct quote from the Long Beach Police.
@TheOther99 UPDATE: A Mulligan Security officer just called for NYPD, called me a “psycho.” Refuses to let me in. Calls for back up.
Press is not welcome anywhere right now.
@johnknefel FWIW, 8 of 10 in paddywagon w me had cameras iPhones or livestream. Lots of eyes arrested.
They’re currently streaming live from the back of an NYPD Party Wagon.
I thought it wasn’t supposed to rain in California.
An update from Portland:
“Black bloc” hit a truck with a flag staff. Occupiers stopped him. People blocked truck because he was running over an elderly woman.
WTF?! @AnonyOps #Oakland cop just told a girl that “she would be surprised how fast she would move with a 15″ police baton up her ass”
This man reporting HEARD the police threaten protesters with dogs, teargas, and “impact weapons,” but did not mention it in his report.
Occupy LA Claims the arrested protester is named Nathan, and that he was being kicked. I have no reason not to believe them, but that’s not clear from this angle.
He looks like he’s wearing a military uniform.
There’s a chance that, since they’re leaving, the longshoremen might just go back to work.
10:36 AM PT: Link: http://cleanandsafeports.org/…
But any minute now, any one of the occupations active today could begin a march on a target of opportunity.
I haven’t heard much about the groups occupying walmarts.
As she walked away, she said “We’re not the mainstream media, we’re the ustream media.”
At first it looked like they were gassing protesters. At this point, we don’t think they were, and neither did the videographer, who recorded a pressure gauge on the side of the tent.
The people setting it up were fire fighters. It’s an inflatable fire simulation tent: