Hundreds of Occupy Seattle protesters marched through downtown Seattle Monday afternoon toward Harbor Island in an attempt to shut down the Port of Seattle.
Occupy protesters have vowed to shut down ports up and down the West Coast today, and have managed to force a work stoppage in Oakland this afternoon.
Occupy Seattle is targeting Terminal 18 at the port because of a connection to Goldman Sachs. However, local unions have opposed the port shutdown, and a statement posted on the Port of Seattle website says the shutdown would hurt workers. “Just one day’s wages for those jobs total $1.9 million, dollars that can’t be earned if they can’t go to work,” the statement says.
Another statement posted on Occupy Seattle’s Facebook page argues that the ports are “just another tentacle of the 1 percent that needs to be Occupied and Shutdown.”
Port and Seattle police are preparing for a sizable protest, and police are expecting as many as 400 to 500 protesters, according to Port of Seattle spokesman Peter McGraw. Some Occupy Seattle members have claimed 700 people were marching to the port this afternoon.
“They will be arrested if they try to block any movement” at the Port, McGraw says.”We’re committed to keeping the terminals open and operating.”
UPDATE – Occupy has a livestream from the port:
Update 2: As promised, police began making arrests around 4pm. We’ll post more info as we get it.