Raw Video shot 11/13/2007: In November 2007, members of Olympia Port Militarization Resistance blocked several convoys of Army combat vehicles called Strykers, and trucks carrying military cargo from the Port of Olympia to Fort Lewis (recent video links below). On the evening of Tuesday, November 13, a women's direct action blockaded the port. It was met by Olympia police and aggressive pro-war counter-protesters, as busses brought in soldiers to drive the Strykers and other vehicles out of the port. Just before the street blockade began, a uniformed Army soldier left the port, saying he was resisting the war.
As the nonviolent women were arrested, the police pushed back the rest of the crowd out of the gate area. A second line of people sat down in the road, but the police decided not to arrest them. Instead, they pushed the crowd out of the road entirely, firing pepper spray pellets and dragging some protesters away. Within seconds, a Stryker convoy began to roll down a nearby street. As some protesters ran after the Stryker convoy, police used pepper-spray and batons on the crowd—attacking many people in the legal area on sidewalks. Although many who risked arrest wore masks to defend themselves from gas, some observers did not.
At least one of the Stryker soldiers flashed a peace sign to protesters as he rolled by. The police also arrested a mother-in-law of a military son when she questioned the police brutality.
The police used tear gas, concussion grenades and bean-bag shotguns against rolling blockades throughout downtown Some people (including 14-year-olds) had been severely sprayed in the face that they had to leave in an ambulance.The police suffered a broken windshield somewhere downtown. The actions continued through the night. A helicopter is circling over downtown at 7 am Wednesday morning.
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