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By all reports the majority of the day went peacefully with police giving protesters a wide berth. In the afternoon organizers split off about 3,000 people from the group to march on the Port of Oakland.
The nation’s fifth largest deepwater port was effectively ground to a halt as some people were bussed in and others walked to the waterfront.
Once protesters arrived they blocked exits with chain-link fences and vehicles. They then put up fences blocking main thoroughfares, totally disrupting operations.
Isaac Kos-Read, spokesman for the port told NPR that operations had been “effectively shut down” by early Wednesday evening.
Port officials then released a statement saying all port activity would be cancelled indefinitely, but their hopes were to be operating again on Thursday.
Protesters targeted the port to stop the “flow of capital” and show that “the people are the economy, we make it or break it.”
The port of Oakland sends and receives the lion-share of its more than 2 million containers a year to and from Asia. It’s a large exporter of fruit, rice, nuts, and wine and imports electronics, clothing and manufacturing equipment, along with cars and parts from Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, and Honda.
(Source: Business Insider)