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Occupy San Diego Joins Effort To Disrupt West Coast Ports [VIDEO]

Photo by Andy Trimlett / KPBS

Above: Protesters block an entrance to the San Diego Port on the morning of Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement targeted at ports up and down the West Coast.

GUESTS

Katie Orr, KPBS Metro Reporter

Miro Copic, Marketing professor, SDSU School of Business

Dave Lagstein, Director, San Diego office of ACE

Transcript

KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr has more from the protest on Monday's show.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

San Diego’s Occupy movement joined a national effort today to shut down West Coast ports. Some protestors were arrested, according to Port officials.

About 70 protestors gathered early this morning at Chicano Park in Barrio Logan before marching to the San Diego Port’s 10th Avenue Marine Terminal.

The local Longshoremen’s Union did not join the protest, but protestor Mitchell Sterling said the unions should get involved.

“Well, the ports are really indicative of Wall Street right on the waterfront,” he said. “The few companies that control all the imports coming into the country. They have it made offshore with really cheap labor, and then they bring their cheap goods in through the port.”

At the Port, protestors rallied and blocked cars from entering the terminal at two entrances. Several protestors were arrested for blocking the street.

Ron Powell, a spokesman for the Port, said the protestors were welcome to exercise free speech.

“At the same time, we want our 99 percenters, our workers, to be able to carry on their work and do the job that they were hired to do, and do a job that really helps their region," he said.

Despite the protest, Powell said it was mostly business as usual for the Port.

We'll have more on the protest at West Coast ports on KPBS Midday Edition and Evening Edition.

San Diego protesters were part of an effort on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, up and down the West Coast to block business at ports.

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