Occupy protesters try to disrupt ports; police make arrests

Police in several U.S. cities on Monday confronted Occupy Wall Street protests aimed at shutting down port facilities, resulting in arrests and disturbances in some locales.

In Oakland, longshoremen union official Craig Merrilees said that Port of Oakland authorities requested that union members not come to work Monday night 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.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Merrilees’ group that represents 15,000 dock workers, has distanced itself from the protest effort.

Police in Houston arrested 20 protesters after dozens of police on foot and on horseback confronted a somewhat larger group of Occupy protesters, who blocked an interstate on-ramp, authorities said.

Groups of up to six protesters lay down on the pavement and interlocked arms and legs, while a larger group stood near them yelling protest slogans. Officers set up barricades to cordon off protesters in an attempt to free the ramp for traffic. The majority of the protesters could be seen moving behind the barricades, with a few exceptions, including those who had lain down.

Read more:  http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/12/us/occupy

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