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Occupy protests cause fresh disruption on US West Coast

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Occupy protests cause fresh disruption on US West Coast


A month after being cleared off the streets, the US Occupy movement has staged fresh protests at some of the country’s busiest ports.

On the West Coast, hundreds of demonstrators blocked gates at Oakland docks causing a partial shutdown.

The movement, which sprang up this autumn against what it sees as corporate greed and economic inequality, is now focusing on ports as what it calls the “economic engines for the elite.”

“Goldman Sachs, they own the terminal here and they are the ones that basically took all our tax money, they got all our bailout money and we haven’t got anything from that,” said protester Andre Uribe.

Other protestors talked about kicking the firms where it hurts, but workers on the frontline said they felt it most.

Truck driver, Arun Kumar said: “this protest is not benefitting me as a truck driver, as an owner-operator, because I’m losing money because of these guys.”

At Long Beach, near Los Angeles, nearly 300 demonstrators picketed at the port before dawn to try and disrupt cargo traffic.

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