December 13th, 2011
02:04 AM ET

Occupy protesters try to disrupt ports, arrests made

(CNN) - Occupy protesters succeeded in shutting down overnight operations at California's port of Oakland on Monday night after a day of similar protests in several other U.S. cities.

The protests in Oakland have "disrupted workers trying to get to work and impaired the port's ability to operate," port spokesman Issac Kos-Read told CNN. Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, said the port has told its members not to report for work for the overnight shift because of the mass of protesters at the port.

Earlier Monday, the port authority said in a statement there were "some delays of truck traffic" but said the port remained operational.

"Today's disruptions have been costly to port workers and their families in terms of lost wages and shifts," said Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin, who suggested the movement should focus on "real solutions to the problems plaguing our economy."

On a normal night, several hundred people would be working the graveyard shift, Kos-Read said. Day shifts involve several thousand, he said. He said the protests have cost workers their wages, cost the city and region some revenue and could cause shipping firms to divert vessels to other ports.

"What has this accomplished?" he asked. "This is disrupting the 99%"

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan concurred, saying the Occupy movement isn't thinking of the consequences of its actions and who it is actually hurting.

"They are saying ... they have to get the attention of the ruling class. I think the ruling class is probably laughing and people in this city will be crying this Christmas," Quan said. "It's really got to stop."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The Occupy protesters could succeed in destroying the economy in this country and elsewhere.
    Is that what we want?

    December 13, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
    • IAMCORRECT

      The contractor destroyed my old broken down porch before he built a new, much better one.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    @jif Its mob rule if it sounds good and garner attention lets doit,no matter who it hurts!

    December 13, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Uinston

      Good! It's very useful for us and our friends!))) (I'm from Russia)

      December 13, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    STUPID! They don't have and don't want anyone else to have! Their "waste of time" demonstrations have only cost cities and people $$$ and more suffering.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ gung hoe:
    Right.
    "Demonstrate with any consequences necessary."

    December 13, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. This is too much!

    I normally support the Occupy movement, however, they are not thinking this through at all and they will lose supporters if this sort of anarchist behavior doesn't stop. Have they thought about the consequences of disrupting the flow of goods at our ports? Do they believe that the corporations will have their bottom lines affected? No, the 1% will pass that extra cost down to us 99%. Right before Christmas at that. Familes losing wages and trying to drive up the price of goods. Are they secretly paid by and working for Wall Street or what?

    December 13, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • IAMCORRECT

      How would you have felt about the protesters if they had boarded one of the ships in the port and dumped its cargo overboard?

      December 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It is interesting that these particular demonstrations show no respect for the longshoremen at all.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • IAMCORRECT

      How would you have felt about the protesters if they had boarded one of the ships in the port and dumped the cargo overboard?

      December 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ex-supporter

    They show no respect for the entire country with these antics. No respect for the entire 99% they are supposedly representing. No thank you, I will respresent myself from now on since they are horrible at it!

    December 13, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • IAMCORRECT

      How would you have felt about the protesters if they'd boarded one of the ships in the port and dumped its cargo overboard?

      December 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    At times I have advocated boycotts to achieve movement is social issues. Sometimes I was almost alone in my advocacy.
    "The 99%" could devastate Walmart with a sustained boycott–but hey, what would that do to that great majority's Christmas?
    It's Not Nice To Fool Santa Claus.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    With all the arguments I have with unions, especially mine, I completely respect their work actions, even when my apartment building is being picketed, which is sometimes not fun at all.
    The Occupy protesters should consider workers at ports.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    I too was once a supporter of ows but they definitely took a wrong turn by leaps and bounds! If they had good leadership they woulda gone to every state and federal capital building NOT the working class workplace!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    At least the tea party has a plan some may not agree with it but by golly I dont care to pay taxes to support people that dont even try I know I am opening a can of worms here to where i will be ridiculed ,but thats how I feel!

    December 13, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. F1

    Keep fighting ows it will be heard never give up!

    December 13, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat ( in a hat )

    These demonstrators are stepping over the line now. In their quest to punish the 1%, they are now punishing the rest a well. Do they not realize that a lot of the goods we depend on come through those ports ? They are damn lucky the teamsters and longshoremen didn't come down on them.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • IAMCORRECT

      Yes, Just think of those poor colonists in Boston who had to go without tea in the winter of 1773-4.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ gung hoe:
    You won't be ridiculed by me.
    You're right: some people don't try.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andreas Moser

    Disrupting ports should be the job of the Tea Party, traditionally.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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