In preparation for what the Occupy movement and its union-member counterparts have promised to be a massive (and potentially violent) protest, the Obama administration has ordered the U.S. Coast Guard to escort grain ships as they arrive at the Port of Longview’s EGT terminal in Washington some time this month.
The Daily News reports
EGT officials say they have not scheduled a date for the ship’s arrival. The freighter is expected to haul thousands of tons of grain to Asia, but opposition groups are already marshaling their forces to support the lengthy protest by union dock workers at the grain terminal.
“We just want to swell the population of the city to show there are people behind us,” said Jeff Washburn, president of the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Central Labor Council, which passed a resolution calling for a protest this week.
He added that the labor council plans no attempt to stop the ship, a sentiment echoed in a similar call for protest by leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
According to Occupy Longview organizer Paul Nipper, Occupiers are taking an aggressive stance, inciting members across the country to consolidate outside port gates and sabotage efforts to load the ship.
You may recall the group shut down the ports — including the one at Longview — on December 8 and vowed future attacks on ports around the country.
The full report from TDN can be viewed here.