Over the past two weeks, Olympia Port Militarization Resistance (OlyPMR) and Tacoma Port Militarization Resistance (Tacoma PMR) have stepped up efforts to close their ports to military shipment bound for Iraq as part of President Bush’s escalation of the conflict. The effort has been beset by arrests (see video), misinformation posts on multiple bulletin boards, and an apparently unprovoked police riot on Friday evening Undeterred, demonstrators gathered again Saturday evening for a “nonviolent but non complicit protest”. OlyPMR and Tacoma PMR say they plan to continue daily vigils and other actions for as long as Iraq-bound military equipment continues to arrive at the Port of Tacoma.
Updates: Mar10: As Resistance to Stryker Shipment Grows, Police Turn Violent | Mar12: 23 Antiwar Protesters Arrested at Port of Tacoma (Photos) | Mar13: Hundreds Protest At Port of Tacoma Despite Police Intimidation | Mar14: OLY City Councilmember Johnson Defended for Protest at Port of Tacoma | Mar15: Mourn for Iraq at the Port Of Tacoma
The shipment of Stryker vehicles left the port in Olympia this morning. A commenter at Seattle Indymedia reflects:
Our protests are known internationally. There will undoubtedly be repercussions regarding the way we were treated down there. Olympia is no longer used by the military. It cost the City of Tacoma a small fortune to keep the port open and prevent free speech. Round-the-clock copper OT. There will be repercussions regarding that too. We did manage to get some sort of a message to the military personnel. We got a message to port workers, cops and everyone who heard about this. Sure, the ship left port loaded with deadly equipment that will undoubtedly kill more civilians that resistance fighters, but we were effective in the protests. Bit by bit chipping away at the machine.
Guerrilla News Network analyzes port militarization resistance here.