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(en) US, Oakland, MEDIA + alt. media - Police Attack Direct Action to Stop the War and dockers who joined them

From dr.woooo@nomasters.org
Date Tue, 8 Apr 2003 10:37:26 +0200 (CEST)

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> 1) Media, Police Attack California Anti-War Protesters
Rubber bullets fired at demonstrators.
Longshoremen hit.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Police open fired Monday morning with
non-lethal bullets at an anti-war protest at the Port of
Oakland, injuring several longshoremen standing nearby.
Police were trying to clear protesters from an
entrance to the docks when they
opened fire and the longshoremen apparently
were caught in the line of fire.

Six longshoremen were treated by
paramedics and at least one was expected to be
taken to a hospital. It was unclear if any of
the protesters was injured.

"I was standing as far back
as I could," said longshoreman Kevin Wilson.
"It was very scary. All of that force wasn't necessary."

Last week, a San Francisco-based peace
group, Direct Action to Stop the War, had
announced that it would stage a series of
protests Monday involving new acts of civil

The Port of Oakland was among
the targets, organizers had said, because at least one
shipping company is handling war supplies.

Trent Willis, a business
agent for the International Longshore and Warehouse
Union, said angrily that dockworkers were
leaving the docks after the incident.

"They shot my guys. We're not going to work today," Willis
said. "The cops had no reason to open up on

Police used non-lethal bullets, sandbags and
concussion grenades to try to break up
about 500 protesters, who split into groups in
front of different terminals.

Oakland Police officer James Carroll said
police set up a "skirmish line" and ordered
the protesters to disperse.

"It escalated pretty quick," he said. "Usually
you go to these protests and you wait
around for three to four hours.

Today, all of a sudden, people were being
taken into custody." He could not confirm
that anyone was hit by the bullets.

Protests also took place at the federal
building in San Francisco and at the Concord
Naval Weapons Station. Seven people were arrested when
they temporarily blocked an exit ramp off
Interstate 280.


A chronology of events at the time the
information was relayed from picketers by
cell phones at the Oakland Ports

7:05am- Police have arrived and are wearing
gas masks facing a non-violent legal moving
pickett line at the Oakland Ports

7:16am- First order to disperse was given to
one group; most given the order disperse
started to walk away

7:30am- People in this group started
dispersing west after dispersal notice given.
Police tell them that
"it's legal for them to be there as long as
they're moving"

7:40am- exploding noises heard about 100ft
away by group dispersing. People are saying
it's tear gas.
Police are advancing towards the dispersing

8:02am- group is being rushed by motorcycles
at high speeds; order to disperse given again
after they left the last site they were told to disperse
from; police are shooting something (people
say that they're shooting wooden/rubber bullets and
concussion grenades); people running;
location: around middle
harbor road; groups are being divided; people
who were driving down the street are getting
out of their cars and running; "it's mayhem"; police
telling people that they have 2 minutes to
disperse as they are
dispersing and being shot at with concussion
grenades and tear gas.

8:08am- picketers at another site in the
Oakland ports called and said that they
recieved notice that the
ILWU sent their workers home for the day.

8:10am- attempted to reach group running
from police; no answer

8:24am- attempted to reach group running
from police; no answer

8:27am- Group running from police calls;
things have settled down a little bit; they're
being pushed towards the North by the police; location:
they can see the Bay Bridge and Marin;
they're walking along
side chicken wire fences and can see a lot of
trucks; the police had been shooting rubber bullets (at
least one person was knicked in the shoulder
by a bullet in this group); police are shooting
concussion grenades as they push the crowd that is
walking; a woman driving her car was dragged
out of her car and hand-cuffed with zip-ties @ around

8:12am; her car was confiscated; other than
that, this group didn't hear of any particular arrests

8:40am- At least one person from the group
had been hit in the hand by the rubber
bullets; the group
was currently at 7th and Maritime; one cop
car is ahead of group dispersing directing traffic; at some
point they asked to see the organizers of the
group; the group responded that they had no
leaders; a couple hundred people at this point could be
seen down the street marching in a
tightly-knit group

8:50- At least three members of one group
had been arrested on the train tracks as they
ran from concussion grenades and tear gas earlier.

9:20am- Person who had been hit in the hand
by the wooden bullet seems to have a broken
hand; he is to be brought to Alta Vista hospital

9:40am- Report from protestor at the scene
that the protest had been completely
non-violent and that
she was very suprised that one of the gates
had been targeted with tear gas, concussion
grenades and rubber/ wooden bullets even as the group
dispersed when the police asked them to
disperse. Many
non-violent picketers remain at the docks.

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